|Reverend Muzembi |
Jesus then asked those who told him, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?" Luke 13:2.
When a Christian has trouble, is in need or sick beyond the average amount, we are not to interpret it that God is judging him, or that he is a greater sinner than others.
Do you remember the story of the rich man and Lazarus? Abraham said to the rich man, "'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented." He that had a good life here on Earth and had lived longer ended up in Hades, and lifting up his eyes and he saw Lazarus in paradise.
Trouble does not always come to a person because of his sins, neither is death - you remember Job? God does nothing in spite. The victims of Pilate and the men who were killed when the tower fell were not judged of God, instead Pilate murdered them, and it was sheer accident that those eighteen souls perished on whom the tower in Siloam fell.
Do you suppose that these were worse sinners? Jesus said, "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." Luke 13:5.
Becoming a Christian does not automatically mean that you’re immune to adversities of life; to troubles, tribulations, disasters, sickness or loss, and a good life isn’t a sign that you’re any better, because Jesus said, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses" Luke 12:15. In your Christian walk you will experience all sorts, and many griefs and sorrows too, and all of us will fall into various trails too.
But when trouble comes to someone else and not to you, it does not mean you should judge them and see yourself as superior or better, but perhaps is a learning curve for you, God permitting you to see the other person’s trouble in order to bring you to Himself.
Jesus said to the angel of the church in Smyrna, "These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:"I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich)...Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death."'" Revelation 2:8-11.
You may miss the Great Tribulation, but you will not miss the little tribulations if you are a Christian. You are going to have a little of it right down here, but he who overcomes and is faithful until death, shall have the crown of life.
God bless you,
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