If you are a born again believer, the question is the answer. I was reading my daily devotion from “Streams in the Desert.” Today’s passage was a hard truth. Despite all the scriptures in the Bible that attempt to prepare us christians for the “harsh” reality of suffering and affliction that is part of the package of our christian walk, we still, very often find ourselves blindsided by the shock of trouble and hurt. We even temporarily lose focus of our deliverer, healer, miracle worker and comforter and allow the issue at hand to usurp all of our attention, as if it could ever be more powerful than our Lord Jesus.
The reading from the book said “know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be…mistreated four hundred years. But …afterward they will come out with great possessions. (Gen 15:13-14)
I can be sure that the journey to God’s promised blessing for me involves delay and suffering. The delay in Abraham’s lifetime that seemed to put God’s promise well beyond fulfillment was indeed only a delay – the promise was fulfilled. God is going to use delays to prove us, and along with the delays will come suffering. May we be strong, take heart and wait for the Lord (Ps 27:14) regardless of what it LOOKS like or what we DON’T SEE because Hope that is seen is not hope. (Romans 8:24)