NO FOOL’S PARADISE
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me.
~ PSALM 23:4
We have to realize that God is going to allow us to go through tests and that He is working all things out for His own holy purpose (Rom. 8:28). I know we all dream of a perfect environment of comfort and tranquility. Although any temporary rest from trials May lead us into believing we might find permanent exemption from them, our lives on earth will never be free from trials. We can live in a fool’s paradise, never forecasting any trouble and predicting a future of ease, but that is a fantasy. Christ warned His disciples and all who follow in His footsteps to expect trials in this life (John 15:18–16:6).
Puritan Thomas Manton once observed that God had one Son without sin, but no Son without a cross. As Christians, we can be assured that we will have trials. But our confidence is that we will have victory over them through the presence of God. Trials will come, but God’s grace will meet us in our time of need.