The foxes have holes, and the bird of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head.
~Matthew 8: 19-20~
Early in our married life we were desperately poor. It was easy to feel bitter and sad when we saw others spending money foolishly, when we were going to bed hungry. I hate to admit it, but often I thought, "Why me God? I'm trying to live my life in the right way, but You reward immoral people, while I suffer. Don't You love me as much as them?" I know it was wrong, but that is how I thought. An especially rough patch was when we went down to our car one morning to discover someone had stolen all the tires off of it. The manager of the apartment complex greeted us, telling us we would have to put the tires on that day, or our car would be towed away. Not only did we lose the money for the tires (which we bought at a salvage yard) but also a day wages as we scrambled to get the tires and install them.
It is times like this that many turn their backs on God. But please consider this, God did not give His only begotten Son a life of luxury. Jesus was the poorest or poor. He was born in a borrowed stable, laid in a borrowed manger, and when He died upon the cross, He was buried in a borrowed grave.
Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.
~2Corinthians 8:9 ~
The are many verses in the Bible that show us that suffering is a part of being a faithful Christian. The Holy Spirit says:
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him but also to suffer for His sake.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried , he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love Him.
~James 1: 12~
No where in the Bible does it say that God will give you a life of luxury and ease, in spite of what some preachers are preaching. God does promise that He will be with you, however, in your suffering. Just think of the New Testament authors; Luke was hanged, Mark was dragged through the streets by a team of wild horses, James was clubbed to death.
I am so grateful for my trials! Without them I would not have the knowledge to help those that are hurting now. It has made me stronger, spiritually as well as mentally.
The trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
~1 Peter 1:7~
Remember that without sacrifice there can be no crown to be laid at Our Savior's feet. That in John 6:19 he instructs us not to lay up treasures here on Earth. I leave you with the words of Paul:
I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only,but unto all them also that love His appearing.
~2 Timothy 4: 6-8~