Do trials and hardships end when I come to Christ?

A two-part series on trials and hardships from a Biblical Perspective by Rosson Anderson.

andersonI heard a testimony from a girl who had recently came to Christ and she said something along these lines: If you become a Christian, then all of your hardships and trials will stop.  If we look into Scripture, this is contrary to what it has to say.

Part 1 will look at Romans 8, seeing if this testimony of this girl is true or if Paul (the writer of Romans) has something else to say about it.  Next time, in part 2, we will look into the book of James and see what the Bible has to say on how to look at these hard times and the response of them.

Romans 8:31:

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Many people read this verse and stop there.  People conclude that Paul is saying that as long as God is on our side, then there is nothing that can happen to me that is painful, hurts, nor stings.  But let’s go on…

Romans 8:35 – 39:

35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

36 As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,

39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So Paul lists all the hard things that he personally encountered (with which we shall encounter ourselves if we call ourselves true Christians).  He then answers it perfectly in verse 37 (referring to the question in verse 35).

By Paul saying “No, in all these things…” it is clear that Paul assumes Christians to go through these things, to go through hardships, trials, and eventually physical death (the sword).  And we will.

The world is full of much sin and corruption, and to be quite frank, so are you.  But here is the promise of God if you’re in Christ: That God loves you the same yesterday, today, and forever and that He sent His Son Jesus to live a perfect life (that you couldn’t live) and to die a death to account for the sins of the world (a death you couldn’t die).

If you’re a Christian, your sins are forgiven; at the cross God took away your sins by the death of Jesus Christ.  And nothing, as Paul says, will ever be able to separate us from His eternal love.

Conclusion

It is evident throughout Scripture that we will face hardships as believers.  People that tell you otherwise are either lying or are not really Christians.  So, what do we do when these things come our way?  How do I respond to these adversities when they come my way?

Look out for part 2 coming soon, where we will look at the book of James and see what He has to say about these things.

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