A few months ago I wrote about tragedies and negativity. I know that all people experience trials. However, things have been so hard in the past few months that I am wondering if my trials which I am enduring now will not be over until I reach the other side of heaven: perhaps not.
It's also been harder seeing how other people's lives have changed: many got married, some got different jobs, others started dating. Some people got engaged.
Meanwhile, here I am struggling with day-to-day life. I am the oldest person in my Bible Study group who is still single. I feel out of place when people start to talk about relationships. It also seems to me that they look down on those who are single as if we are second-class Christians. Nowhere in the Bible, it says that married people have superiority in God's eyes.
For many in the US/Canada, Christianity became sort of social club/entertainment/hobby: some will say if it's hard it's not God's will.
The costCan may pinpoint the cost of their faith. Christianity is the most persecuted faith in the world. Many have to flee for their lives. They have to stay every day in different places. They may never see their families ever again., just like Judith. They get dishonored by the families. Many don't have places to worship. Many ae afraid to go to church because they may get killed. Some have to witness murders of other believers. In my opinion, the hardest plight is the one in which a believer has to witness multiple murders of his/her loved ones, including church family, and then live fleeing from place to place.
Meanwhile, in North America church goers complain about menial things: communion cups are not filled enough/too much juice, pew seats, choir was not entertaining enough, music was not good enough, air conditioning, not enough programs, not enough tea/coffee after the service, not enough food for potluck, carpets, wall color, screen angle, and many other menial things. I believe that some people have the attitude of the church like a service station: to get what they want. That's why prosperity gospel flourishes.
According to the prosperity gospel, I am a huge failure. But according to The Bible, I am not. I believe that a big part of my trials is because of my faith.
I don't think a comfortable Christian life here will yield many, if any, rewards in heaven.
Those of us who don't have a family will get one. The health will be restored.
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds" James 1:2