The apostle Paul’s ministry wasn’t easy. He was imprisoned, beaten, criticized and shipwrecked. Yet he served God with great joy. When he was stoned and left for dead in Iconium, he gathered the believers and told them: “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). He urged his disciples to follow his example and endure hardship.
We don’t hear much preaching today about suffering. We prefer the easy road. Yet the Christian life is a struggle. We are in a spiritual war, and our enemy is real. Jesus said: “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Then He added the good news: “But take courage; I have overcome the world.” Don’t be a wimp when difficulties come. Don’t cave in or give up. Be strong, pray, trust God, resist temptation and rejoice that Jesus is bigger than any problem you face!”