Q: Why as Christians, real believers, who live, walk and obey Gods Word have it so hard? I pray daily medidtate on God’s Word and still suffer with lack and rejection. I just got out of a homeless situation and now my job is gone. Its like what is going on? Why is it so hard to live in at least one season of peace? Don’t get me wrong I understand that as Christians we will suffer persecution, but I feel that I shouldn’t have to wait to recieve my reward in heaven.

A: Proverbs 24:16 for a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:
but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

There is a difference between the way the righteous and the wicked suffer. The righteous fall and get back up. The wicked fall and keep doing the same mischief, or sinful lifestyle.

Many times the righteous suffer to divide and separate them from the punishment of the wicked. It may feel bad to be kicked out of a burning building, but it’s a lot better than burning inside the building!

Sometimes the righteous suffer so that the Lord can prove their character and reward them with Double! Job went through a trial and was blessed with double. Job, Jesus, and Joseph went through trials that took them straight to the promotion that God wanted them.

Sometimes the righteous suffer to learn obedience. The bible says that Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered (Hebrews 5:8). Suffering makes us mature.

Sometimes the righteous suffer as a form of punishment for their sin. Even if I’m a Christian, the law of sowing and reaping is still in effect. Certain things are just spiritual law even though we are forgiven and on the way to heaven, we will still be chastised. It’s because God loves us that he chastens us, so that we can keep growing and please Him even more.

Whatever your reason for suffering, just make sure that you keep walking with God so you can rise again to a greater level!

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