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.

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. kia says:

    Thank you for being God’s instrument to enlighten and re direct people..God bless and annoint you more..!

  2. Rick Wilson says:

    Christ came to divide and separate, even people in one’s own household; being a so-called, “Christian” does not mean that we will become millionaires and nothing will ever go wrong for us, but rather quite the contrary.

  3. Gail Henderson says:

    I receive mush comfort from Billy and Franklin Graham ministry

  4. George Sarkar says:

    Thank you Billy Graham for this wonderful devotional thoughts. I live in a non-Christian environment and I would like to demonstrate Christianity through my words, deeds and signs; so that non-Christians might see light of Christ in me. I should glorify God and acknowledge His love in my day-to-day actions and I should be a true disciple of Christ in obeying His commandments. Thank you.

    1. David says:

      GOD Bless you fellow believer!

  5. Jan Travis says:

    Thank you Billy Graham for the above post on suffering and as a Christian how we should accept these trials and tribulations with the grace we have received from our Loving heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ our Saviour through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jan Travis, Oakdale, CA

  6. Carlos Xicara says:

    Thank you Mr. Billy Graham, your sermons are blessings for me.

  7. Godstime says:

    I need devotional book ( PDF )

    1. BGEA says:

      You can find many different devotionals in our online bookstore (, or you might look into the various Bible studies we have online ( We do not currently have a devotional in PDF format.

  8. miriam says:

    I know Christ has grown in me since I have come to see my own suffering in this very manner. I was reading how our battles are spiritual from spiritual sources good or bad. When people dislike me and cause trouble with those I love, I used to get angry and defensive. But now, I see the wisdom of it. Because God’s spirit is in me, I get attacked by those who do not have His spirit. If my patience during these trials might bring others to Christ, and my being able to love and forgive those who wrong me might help save them, I’ve learned to willingly endure it all for Him. I used to pray to die. The pain of abuse was more than I could bear. But now, I find great joy in suffering for a Christ who suffered for me. Loving is what it’s all about