Tuesday, January 09, 2018

There is no Plan B

If you think Christianity is about your physical wellbeing here. If you think Christianity is about your living the American Dream. If you think Christianity is about your having an improved lifestyle here, then you are going to question the truth of Christianity when hardship comes because the Lord doesn’t promise you those things.
Therefore, it is paramount that we have a correct understanding of what Jesus promised and didn’t promise if we are to have confidence in what Jesus is doing to and through us on planet Earth. Jesus promised to be with you through suffering; He didn’t promise that you would avoid it. I tell my classes, “God’s Plan A for your life is to take you through regular periods of suffering and there is no Plan B.” Suffering purifies us and, if we bear it while continuing to honor God, it proves to humans and angels that we really are His disciples— Clay Jones (from, The Major Reason Christians Doubt)

3 comments:

SteveK said...

I appreciate the reminder.

Joe Hinman said...

that's all true but nevertheless God does lay on us the responsibility to see that others physical well being is met.

Starhopper said...

I call your attention to this passage from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:24-27).

"Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."

Note that Jesus does not promise that those who follow Him will be spared the rains, the floods, or the wind, but rather that they will prevail over them.