The Overcomer

Christians will not go through the Tribulation but in this life they have tribulation. Being born again does not deliver one from all earthly trouble.

Christians have trouble because they have bodies that have been affected by the fall. Though the child of God is a citizen of heaven and will go there when he dies, his body still suffers the effects of the fall. We are all the children of Adam and Eve.

Christians catch cold, get the flu, break bones when they fall, lose their teeth and hair with age and generally give evidence of being part of a fallen race. Sickness may not be the result of any particular sin or proof of the chastening of God, but simply an affliction that has come because our bodies are not what they were before the sin that brought about the fall.

Christians have trouble because they live in a troubled world. War that affects the general public also affects Christians. They should have greater peace in the midst of war, but inconveniences and injuries have come to Christians as to others during war.

Christians have cars that don’t start, washing machines that break down, pumps that give out, roofs that leak and other common irritations.

Christians have trouble in some cases because they are Christians. Jesus warned his disciples: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:18-19).

But Christians do not face their troubles alone. One overcoming Saviour gives us peace…even in troubled times!