Does living a Christian life, mean living a trouble-free life?
Psalm 34 KJV17) The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.18) The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.19) Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all
Christians are righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ. *link to a post explaining eternal salvation in Jesus Christ, follow here* Does this passage of Psalm above, promise that the righteous will live blessed and trouble free? NO.
There is a trend that some promote, which proclaims that if you have enough faith, you can/ should live a life free of sickness and trouble, and that things should go your way, because our Father in Heaven loves us and wants only good things for us, and so that is how it should be.
I do not deny that our Heavenly Father loves us with boundless, matchless, never-ending love. I believe that he does, because He provided for our salvation so that we may spend eternity in paradise with Him in Heaven, WHILE we were still sinners. Through Jesus Christ, the best is yet to come for all Christians on earth, but:
I contend that the above Psalmist passage rather indicates that the righteous ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH desperate, tearful, hardships ("cry," "troubles," "broken heart," "contrite spirit," "afflictions,") so what is our benefit or reward for being His in Christ, here and now, before eternity in Heaven?
The Lord HEARS His children.
He delivers His children.
He draws near to us when we draw draw near to Him.
The Lord IS our salvation, and
He will deliver us from ALL AFFLICTION.
In the meantime, I/you/we, may live in affliction.
In the midst of the affliction, may we cling to our hope and confidence in Him. He is God. He loves us. He hears us. He is going to see us through this hardship.
May we live moment by moment, seeking to give Him glory and praise, and grow by the workings of the Holy Spirit inside of us.
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