"By Bisi Oladipupo"
Are you going through a rough time? Are you thinking, well, nobody else around me seems to be going through this, its only me? Why is it only me going through this?
We are grateful that God is never caught unawares. I read from a site recently something very encouraging. This was the summary of the statement: " if good parents plan ahead for their children, how much more God". Talk about exit plan, before the problem presented itself the Lord already made an exit route. You are coming out!
So back to my point. Sometimes we look around and think, nobody else seems to be going through this? What does the bible say? Lets have a look at this scripture:
1 Peter 5; 8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Notice the last phrase of verse 9; It says the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world!. But l cant seem to find anyone around me going through this. Well firstly, the honest truth is you really don't know what people are going through, they may be smiling, but you never know. Secondly, the bible says that these same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world, Which means, others going through this may not be close to you, they may be in another country.
The good news is that, you are coming out! you are not alone! the same God that is fighting for them, is fighting for you. You are not alone! and the Lord is for you!.
So never think, its only you, That is not true!. The same afflictions!. But remember that many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers them out of them all! (Psalms 34: 19). Be encouraged!
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson