As there are many who believe as Christians they will not go through tribulation, there most certainly is or it would not be written in scripture 26 times. God loves us and hopes that none should perish, But we as Christians read the bible of others who went through so many trials and tribulations for standing on their faith! Just as Christ suffered to enter glory we too are told to take up our cross daily and as we do persecution, mockings, and trials are all a part of it. According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith in him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory”.(Ephesians 3:11-13)
Paul could not of given a better picture of what it truly is to suffer for Christ’s sake as he tells of all he endured for the high call he accepted! “Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren. In weariness and painfulness, in watching’s often, in hunger and thirst, in fasting’s often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches”.(2 Corinthians 11:23-28).
It is needful to the true worshippers of Christ that tribulation be a part of life and should not hope it be removed as it works many things given by God for having endured. “By whom we also have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”.(Romans 5:2-5).
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (Acts 14:22).
Ann………………Praise God you see the importance to the believer that tribulation refines us as the servants of Christ. God Bless You Ann.
This is true! Tribulation purifies us and there’s no such things as avoiding tribulation, it’s just wishful thinking but not Biblical! God bless you, this is a great post!