Do Christians live better lives than non-Christians? One would think so with all of the Biblical scriptures taken out of context as of late. If anything, Christians’ lives become more difficult after they are saved. That’s how God intended it. If you read My Testimony, you might notice that as you read, my life became more and more difficult. This is because God allows, and at times, creates trials in our lives to test our Christian resolve. And, with every test we pass, our faith grows stronger – and with every test we fail, our wisdom grows greater. God allows these trials so that we become closer to Him (Life’s Uncertainties).
Our lives are not going to be blessed with only great prosperity, love and happiness, there will also be blessings of loss, failure and disappointment. We need to expect and accept the bad things as blessings because God is using them as “The Great Potter” and is molding us to His image. In fact, in many cases, our lives cause us to endure more of the bad blessings than the good. The scripture “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” is far too many times, taken out of context. Read this in context starting in Philippians 4 verse 11 below:
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Paul wrote this while in a Roman prison and was talking about HARD living, not expecting great happiness, joy, rainbows, flowers and unicorns but accepting that God is sovereign, and so he was joyful in his trials. Paul knew he was right where God wanted him. This scripture is very important for living our lives righteously, without pride and with the faith that God’s amazing Grace is there when we fall – to help us up, to help us learn and to help us grow.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
Don’t be afraid of having trials in your life, welcome them as blessings. And don’t expect there will be no trials in your life. There will be difficult times. It’s how you handle them that defines your character and it’s how we grow.