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TODAY’S MEDITATION – In the midst of suffering, stop asking the Lord “why me?” (1 Thessalonians 1:5-6)

This verse recalls us that the message of salvation is a powerful message as it is the Good News that comes with a powerful effect in our lives (verse 5), as the Holy Spirit changes us when we believe the Good News, because when the Word of God is heard and obeyed, our eyes are opened, are our hearts are no longer hardened. Then God’s power will start changing us from inside out. And as we are transformed, we will also be able to help people around us change. My brother, my sister, that is the reason why your life has to confirm, not contradict, what you say and believe (verse 5)… even in the midst of suffering. Let’s clarify this. You see, many believers today think that pain and suffering are the exception in the Christian life. So, when suffering occurs, they start asking “why me?” Sometimes they feel as though God deserted them, or they accuse Him, when they don’t accuse themselves or others. My friend, God allows some Christians to become martyrs for the faith, He allows others to survive persecution. In both situations, He is in control! The problem is that, we have the false belief that when someone dies, that’s the end of that the person. No, that person is taking a long sleep, that the Lord calls a rest, until the return of Jesus. Therefore we should rejoice, even if it is painful because we are not going to see them in flesh. Now, when going through hardships, rather ask yourself “why not me?”, because this confirms your faith rather than “why me?” which is more of a complaint or expression of discontentment. The Bible says, in every situation we should give glory to God. And our faith and the values of this world will never match. Therefore, expecting pain, suffering or problems to finish in your life on earth because you have accepted Christ is an illusion. Instead, if you expect them, you will not be surprised or shocked when they occur as you take comfort in knowing that Jesus suffered, and overcame suffering before you, so He understands your fears, your weaknesses and your disappointments (Hebrews 2:16-18). He promised He will never leave you (Matthew 28:18-20) and today He intercedes on your behalf at the right hand of God the Father (Hebrews 7:24-25). So, stop asking “why me?” In times of hardships… trust in Jesus confidently. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]