Have you ever heard someone say that, if you just trust Jesus, He’ll solve all your problems and you’ll sail through life with riches and peace? I have!
But if that were true for those who serve and trust Him, then what was the problem with the Apostle Paul? After he was saved he had one trouble after another: beaten, stoned, run out of town, arrested, nearly drowned, and many other hardships. He said, “Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace” (1 Corinthians 4:11).
So why bother? Why the struggles? Is it really worth it? Paul said, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). In other words, Paul was looking forward to the coming glory and measuring everything in relationship to what was ahead for the believer. So it is for us. In the measure that we keep our focus on the coming glory and the time when we will be finally with and like Christ, we will be able to endure whatever He deems best to pass us through here in this life.