We must learn, as Paul did, to be content. Being discontent is a sin and is believing the lie that God made a mistake in our life. But if we get to the root of our discontentment, we have to admit that it’s our refusal to submit to God’s will. Have you surrendered your will and learned to be content?
The great hope of every Christian is that the grave will not be the end for them when they die. Jesus Christ will one day raise them up to everlasting life. Jesus has authority over death, and He proved this during His earthly life as He raised the dead back to life.
We’ve been given a Book that contains the revelation of God and who He is. Because this Book is given to us, we should expect to be able to understand most parts of it. But because this Book is about the eternal God, we should also expect that there will be some parts that exceed our human limitations of understanding. The secret things belong to God, but the revealed things belong to us.
An often overlooked ministry in the church is the ministry of encouragement. We need to be encouraged by other Christians, and other Christians also need to be encouraged by us. Our attempts of encouragement may not seem that influential, but we would be surprised at how greatly God can use them to help our fellow believers.
One of the major ways Christ became like us was that He was able to suffer in the same ways we do. When He went to the cross, He suffered as a man in every way imaginable. And the worst part of this, of course, was His spiritual suffering from bearing our sin and being forsaken by God.