“Life is hard and painful – that is true! – but we are never without comfort and hope. In all our pains and sufferings, the Bible tells us to look up and cry out to our Creator and Savior – to the One who sent His Son to pay for sins and redeem His sinful creatures. To us, undeserving sinners, our infinitely merciful God offers forgiveness, salvation and covenant provisions. And it’s all because of Christ’s death and sacrifice for us on the cross of Calvary!” – Pastor Glem Melo
By Pastor Glem Melo
Trusting and obeying God does not mean that henceforth life will be free of
troubles and dangers. Instead, the Bible teaches us that the life of faith leads to hardships and sufferings.
The Life of Faith in a Fallen World
God called Abraham and gave him great and awesome promises. By faith and in obedience to God’s word, he left family and country and moved to the promised land. Then came a time of severe testing:
Now there was a famine in the land. (Genesis 12:10a)
In paradise, there were no diseases, calamities or death. But now we live in a fallen world; and God’s judgment and curse upon sinful humanity (i.e. the ancient Canaanites and today’s society) affect us all.
The Bible does not promise us a trouble-free life. Instead, God’s word tells us
to expect temptations, trials…
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