We all face problems in life, some worse than others. Even though the prevailing wisdom (in this country, at least) says that evidence of God’s blessing on our life is an absence of trials (or swift deliverance from them), many millions here and around the world suffer and yet still maintain their faith in Him.

Just when you think that suffering means that God has forgotten about you, read the end of Hebrews, which we usually just remember for all the verses about those who were triumphant in their faith:

“There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.” Heb. 11:35-40

“The world did not deserve them!” That isn’t the way we typically think of those who are going through adversity, but that’s how God sees it! The millions of Godly people around the world who live in fear daily because of their faith – the world does not deserve them! Those whose families have forsaken them because they cling to the Blessed Hope of Jesus, those who sacrifice all they have to see the Gospel spread, those whose belief in the face of unbearable affliction is a testament to God’s grace – all of these, who we might be tempted to look down upon in judgment in their trials.

The world does not deserve them!

Hold your head up, my brother and sister. God has not forgotten you, has not forsaken you, and does not hate you. If we do not give up, He has promised us so much more than what this world can offer!

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