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. Mary says:

    Thank you for this! 🙂

  2. Sheila Ray Wiegman says:


  3. E Pusser says:

    Very good!

  4. irma lopez says:


  5. M E Endrizzi says:

    the Apostle Paul tells us to be followers of him as he is of Jesus Christ, Paul gloried in his sufferings as through them God was glorified.

  6. Anita Henderson says:

    What an Amazing Promise an Amazing GOD!!

  7. k. dupray says:

    today Mom celebrated her 81st birthday in heaven…14 years after passing. She was too young to have been taken but the Lord called her. She knew the morning of her death this was her day … as she gazed out the hospital window unable to speak; I had spent the night at the hospital. As I watched her gazing out the window into the sky I was so distraught seeing her this way the only thought that came to me was to say to her that she would be home soon. Later that evening I received the call of code-blue…it was her time and I was not there with her to say good bye. each year holidays and birthdays are awful. I try to live for my daughters but these times really bring me down. when does it get easier?? why can’t I come to terms with her death?

  8. Berta Schulte says:

    This devotional was most helpful. My son went to be with Lord on Dec. 6th. I’d like to get any devotionals regarding suicide. Thank you.

  9. L J Fisher says:

    Thank you

  10. anita says:

    Nice to hear.