The Christian life is full of surprises. Many of the surprises we encounter are not the kind of which we had hoped. Salvation in Christ Jesus does not mean a life without pain and suffering; in fact, many times our faith in Christ can attract persecution from unbelievers. Aside from persecution there is also the difficult circumstances of life that many times we never see coming. People lose jobs, loved ones, health, and friendships just to name a few. Our churches are full of people that expected their life to go one way and now they are in a totally different place. Our churches are also full of those who have suffered or are currently suffering intense pains in life and many are asking “why”. Satan would love to use the difficult times of life, the things we do not expect, to tempt us to doubt God. God, on the other hand, will use even the most difficult of times to shape us into Christ’s image and to receive much glory through our praise in the midst of the pain.
Earlier this month I had another opportunity to preach our morning services at MeadowBrook while Pastor Randy was on vacation. Above and below is a link to the message that I preached where we looked at John the Baptist and his encounter with the unexpected. I pray God will use it to minister to you if you dealing with one of the unpleasant surprises of life.