Just got back from a great weekend with our junior high students at the annual retreat. Were there with over 170 jr high students and adults and dove into the reality of how the Christian life can bring trials. In the book of 1 Peter, we read that we should not be surprised when bad things happen when we are striving to live a holy life. He says we should be glad because we participate in the sufferings of Christ. One of the youth ministers at the weekend made this comment — “If Jesus suffered, why would we be surprised that we suffer, too, if we are trying to be like Him?” That makes sense, but so many times we are surprised when bad things happen. The weekend revealed again that if we are going to follow Jesus, life at times will be hard.

A refreshing reminder came on Sunday morning. In an elective I sat in on, the young lady who was leading shared one of her favorite passages. In John 9:3, Jesus was asked why a certain man suffered the things he did. Here is what Jesus said:

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

How refreshing it is to know that God can bring good out of the bad, that through our trials He can be glorified. Great verse to remember when we face trials.


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