I attended a ladies’ event today and heard the testimony of a young woman who recently went through some difficulties. She made the comment that we live in a fallen world and why should she be immune just because she is a Christian? Why should her life be perfect when others are living with much higher levels of suffering?

Sometimes we think that because God is in control of everything he should stop difficulties coming into our lives. But why should we be exempt? We all live with the consequence of sin – Adam’s, ours, others. God is not there just to meet our needs or solve our problems – though he often does graciously intervene in our circumstances. Nevertheless we should encourage ourselves by remembering this present world is not all there is. Paul’s words to the Romans remind us to focus on the big picture, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).