Suffering is a tough concept to grasp for a lot of Christians. Maybe because of the prosperity gospel…you know, the one that promises financial blessings and increase, nice cars and homes, more money if you pay your tithes, even more money if you bless the preacher with a financial gift, and of course a comfortable life. Many pastors/preachers today are feeding the congregation some washed up, wannabe gospel full of empty promises and false hope instead of preaching Christ crucified.
I’m not at all saying that I am against paying tithes, having nice things, or giving financial gifts to people but what I am saying is that we need to stop feeding each other these empty promises. They’re empty because the Lord DID NOT promise financial increase and blessings to every single person who surrenders their life to Christ. Jesus DID NOT promise that our lives would be easy and comfortable once we decided to follow Him. There is NO guarantee that someone will be blessed with a huge financial blessing if they triple their tithe payment for the week. God didn’t guarantee that we will be wealthy and make a lot of money, but He does guarantee that He will take care of us.
Matthew 6:25-34 reads:
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
How perfect is our Lord? He willingly takes care of us. He gives us all that we need and then some, even in the mist of our sufferings. While we suffer, it can be very easy to lose faith or to consider throwing in the towel but is God not worthy enough to be glorified through the good and bad things we experience? We have to learn to get up when we get knocked down. Better yet, we NEED to learn to give God the glory He deserves. He is enough!