~by Elizabeth Lapp
“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;” Philippians 1:29
The life of a Christian is not free of trials, problems, and disappointments. The law of gravity does not change for a Christian. If we jump out a third story window, we will be hurt exactly the same way our non-Christian neighbor will be. Christians get cancer, give birth to handicapped children, have accidents, raise teenagers that rebel, encounter financial setbacks, and everything else that happens to non-Christians. The question that comes to mind is, What then is the advantage of being a Christian? Philippians 2:1 mentions consolation in Christ, the comfort of His love, the fellowship of His spirit, and the mercy of God. As Christians, we have Someone to turn to who understands what we are going through. We have Someone who cares about the smallest detail of our lives, who will hear us and help us when we cry out. We are never alone! Deuteronomy 33:27 puts it this way: “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:” A refuge is a place to which we can run. And what is more comforting than the everlasting arms of Jesus behind you, around you, and beneath you? The non-Christian has only what the world offers. The best the world can give is temporary relief, often through addictions that only add to the pain.
I was absolutely heart-broken over an event. I fled to my bedroom and fell before the Lord, weeping my heart out to Him. Gradually a calm came over my soul and a peace replaced the turmoil. I cannot imagine life without God! I am not so spiritual that I do not at times long for someone “with skin on,” but God is always there. He is my refuge and my fortress!