On my travels to India I am struck with the humble means in which they live. Many of them live in a grass hut home. During our trip to India in 2013 part of the Mission Reality team had some time to pray with the prayer warriors at Mercy Children Home where we serve. They began to tell us their prayer requests; one sweet lady was asking God to provide her with a grass hut house for shelter. WOW! Man was I humbled. I’ve been in these grass huts and there is nothing luxurious about them. It’s about a 15x15 space with a dirt floor; they sit on the floor when they eat or rest, and most of the time they sleep on mats. No bathroom, no electricity, no running water. It is solely for the purpose of protection from the elements. And it’s crowded! That would be my pet peeve, I like my space. The difference in our lifestyle compared to theirs is like going back in time to umm… about 14th century England. The only thing they have to loose is their dignity and their life. For us, well there is a lot more to lose. First of all what if we lost electricity? No electronics! Eek! No refrigerator, oven, AC, dryer, and the really important things like…hair dryer, curling iron, hot rollers! Man that would be hard! This hair needs lots of work! I don’t know about you, but even loosing just those modern conveniences would rock my world.
Hebrews 10: 32 says, “Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great conflict in the face of suffering?” In America we have been able to enjoy so many things and with the rise of technology, have been conditioned to live a certain way. I’m very thankful for that! I’m very spoiled and I like it! But what if Christians in America experienced a troubled time? What if we began to be persecuted and things were suddenly taken from us? How would we react? Would we turn away from the faith? Blame God? Be angry at God? God is not the one behind the evil that is inflicted on us; however He is usually the first one we have a “talking to” about why bad things are happening to us. That comes from the belief that He is all knowing, all-powerful and can do anything. Which is true, but faith is trusting God no matter what happens to us, being fully assured that He will bring us through the trial or deliver us from it. And for us to be okay with either. Blaming God is just what the devil wants. In fact, during difficult times, he’s the one who brought on the suffering and now he gets to turn us away from God? No, we can’t do it! We can’t give the devil that satisfaction to win. We must stand our ground in the great conflict! Hebrews 10:37 says, “For in just a very little while, He who is coming will not delay, but my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with Him”. Let’s train ourselves to strengthen ourselves in the scriptures, draw near to God, and spend time with Him. And then, when troubles come, we will not shrink back but will persevere and become what the bible says we are… “MORE THAN CONQUERERES IN CHRIST JESUS”!
Recommended reading: Hebrews 10
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