Now how great would it be to have a problem-free life? Most of us strive to get that perfect job so we can have a life that is worry-free. However at some point in time, life wasn’t so problem-free. But how do we react to it?
We get this misconception that because God is on our side we won’t go through these times. And when it does happen, we go to God and say why would you let me go through this or why did you punish me? What we have to realize is that the enemy is the one actually doing the punishing. And sometimes God will allow us to go through it to grow, to call upon His name, or simply to test our faith.
We need to take our tribulations and rejoice in them, because if we do not have them, then we are not a threat to the enemy. Why would the devil put his efforts on a follower of the world when he already has him where he wants him. A hungry lion doesn’t go looking for a dead zebra to attack because he is already dead (like a person in the world who is dead in spirit). Instead the lion attacks a living zebra and puts all his efforts to bring him down. The zebra will try to run from the lion but sometimes the zebra will give up and throw the towel.
We must be the zebra that does not give in. We must be strong by exercising our spiritual life so we can fight back the enemy. Don’t be worried about problems, if you are going through something look at it as a measure of your relationship with God. And once you resist the enemy you will be rewarded in the end.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:8-10 ESV)