Many people are introduced to Christianity as an escape route from all problems, from illnesses to financial break-throughs. Not after few months if not weeks, they realize that the same problems are still roaming around. Sadly to their despair they throw in the towel and kick Christianity away, since after all, it did not work for them. However, we must understand that was not Christianity which they kicked away!
We are living in a corrupt world; where sin roams and is cherished. The ground on which we move on is not as the original design. The way of life around us that many pursue is not for the eternal good but only for the moment. Even our bodies keep failing us.
Yet with all the crookedness, a life renewed and given to follow Christ still remains. We will be afflicted, we will be perplexed, we will be persecuted, we will be struck down, but we will not be crushed, we will not be driven to despair, we will not be forsaken, and we will not be destroyed. For although this treasure of the gloriousness of Christ is in weak jars of clay, it is to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us (2 Corinthians 4:7-12). Hence, though our bodies may fail us, yet still inwardly God is working and furnishing us to the end of his glory.
While many in the world, take vengeance with God lifting their fists to the heaven due to the bad circumstances in their life, protesting in pain as Job (12:12) does, “He (God) has walled up my ways, so that I cannot pass, and he (God) has set darkness upon my path”. However, to the genuine Christian, his/her disposition and though in tears is sorrowful yet always rejoicing (2 Corinthians 6:10).
So we must not lose heart, for his sure word assures us that God never forsakes us. And therefore, today we can together with Paul and say, ‘because of the sure word of God and his certain promises, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I am content, and I can do all things through him who strengthen me’ (Philippians 4:12-13). Therefore, in much sorrow and afflictions our rejoicing increases all the more.