Don’t Be Surprised
What a season! Someone said you didn’t help them although you’ve done all you could to assist. Someone else tried to take something that belonged to you. Someone else taunted you with words, hoping for a fight. Within the onslaught of it all, you lost your temper.
Sound familiar? I hope not. I experienced those incidents and a few more within a short time frame. I spoke with a Christian friend who asked, “Are you surprised?”
I was surprised to face trial after trial within such a short time frame.
How’s it going for you? Have you faced an onslaught of fiery darts recently?
1Peter 4:12 encourages us “My dear friends, DO NOT BE SURPRISED at the painful test you are suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you. Rather be glad that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may be full of joy when His glory is revealed”.
Jesus said. “I have overcome the world”. He also told His disciples “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer…” (John 16:33)
Let’s not be surprised when fiery darts are thrown our way. We were warned that it would be this way. (II Timothy 3). Let’s pray for wisdom, be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1). Let’s not be surprised! Let’s be ready!