Does the believer have any special comfort in the time of tribulation and hardship? Yes he does, even in times when there seems no way out of a most difficult, hopeless situation. The answer is not found in himself or the wisdom and provision of the world about him. The answer is found in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ and the promises of His word. In speaking of His return for believers, Paul reminds us, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thess. 4:17).
Does worldly gain, such as wealth, power, and prestige, bring true peace and joy? For many, it would seem to for awhile. And yet, it is not a lasting blessing. Often, too, it is accompanied with woes such as worry, greed, broken relationships and a sense of loneliness. The truth is, all of the above have a time limitation on them! There is a better way! King Solomon said it well, “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fatted calf with hatred” (Prov. 15:16-17).
What does it mean to be a Christian? Certainly many factors could be mentioned, but there is one that is essential above all others. The Apostle Paul spoke of this when he said, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (I Cor. 1:9). Whatever else is involved with being a Christian, it must begin with a relationship with the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
What does it mean to be a Christian? Certainly many factors could be mentioned, but there is one that is essential above all others. The Apostle Paul spoke of this when he said, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (I Cor. 1:9).
When a Christian has troubles, does that mean that God has forsaken him?
Not at all! Believers have problems just like everybody else. In the book of Acts we read that, “… the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt” (Acts 7:9). That was a very difficult time and place for Joseph, but thankfully, he was not alone. “But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles” (Acts 7:9-10). As believers, we can have like confidence that God is with us. In one way or another, God will deliver us.
Of course, His blessings to those who believe are far beyond that which anyone is able to count or even begin to comprehend. God is gracious and generous in His giving. However, there is one thing that is crucially important, and that has to do with the forgiveness of our sins. The Apostle Peter made this so clear when he said, “Unto you first God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” (Acts 3:26).
Is it possible to know that one’s sins are forgiven and he is going to heaven?
Let’s see what Jesus says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn. 3:36). “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name” (Jn. 20:32).
What constitutes the great need of the world today? Of course many things might be mentioned depending upon one’s given situation. Yet, there are some things that are essential to one’s well being in this life if he is to know a safe and stable life. This is also true of the world at large. What we need the most are things that we cannot produce for ourselves. They are things that can only come from God.
In some ways they do. King Solomon said, “As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death” (Prov. 11:19). The outcome of our lives on earth are determined by the various choices we make. If we know the Lord and live by the truth of His word and His leading in our lives, our lives will be characterized by the reality and blessings of His life.
Of course, there are many differences but an essential one is given in the Psalms where we read, “For all the gods of the peoples are idols , but the Lord has made the heavens” (Psa. 96:5). Only the true, living God can create anything out of nothing. As we read elsewhere in Scripture, the gods of the world cannot hear or speak or do anything that is indicative of life.