By   •   January 11

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Nowhere does the Bible teach that Christians are to be exempt from the tribulations and natural disasters that come upon the world. It does teach that the Christian can face tribulation, crisis, calamity, and personal suffering with a supernatural power that is not available to the person outside Christ. The early Christians were able to experience joy in their hearts in the midst of trials, troubles, and depression. They counted suffering for Christ not as a burden or misfortune, but as a great honor, as evidence that Christ counted them worthy to witness to Him through suffering. They never forgot what Christ Himself had gone through for their salvation; and to suffer for His name’s sake was regarded as a gift rather than a cross. Christians can rejoice in tribulation because they have eternity’s values in view. When the pressures are on, they look beyond their present predicaments to the glories of heaven. The thought of the future life with its prerogatives and joys helps to make the trials of the present seem light and transient.

Read More: Why Does Suffering Exist?

Prayer for the day

Father, help me to go beyond the afflictions and tribulations of our age, and to look toward the inheritance reserved for us in heaven.

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  1. Carol Goetschius says:

    Appreciate the devotional. I confirmed my decision for Christ during Billy’s Crusade in Dallas, Texas, back in the ’50s.

  2. Gerry says:

    When I contemplate eternity in the presence of God Almighty… it definitely helps lighten the load of the occasional trials and tribulations we must all face while here on earth. Please give me strength Lord, to stay strong and be a good witness for you, during difficult times.

  3. lydia says:

    I’m born again and I love evangelizing and Billy Graham is my role model.

  4. King B.Johnson says:

    Everlasting Life!-)+

  5. Gerry says:

    Difficulties and trials are not fun times. However they are valuable on many levels. They are a time to reflect and change course if required. We can also look forward to a time of peace and joy for all eternity with God as promised.