Here's a saying that has proven to be true: "What doesn't destroy us makes us stronger." And here are four sayings that have proved to be false: (1) "When you become a Christian all your problems are over." Whoever told you that didn't get it from Scripture. Paul said, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed." (vv. 8-9). (2) "All the problems you'll ever encounter are addressed in the Bible." God tells us many things in His Word, but He still requires us to "walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). That means receiving guidance from His Word, from the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and from the counsel of godly friends. (3) "lf you're having problems you must be unspiritual." The opposite is true. Satan's attack is proof that you haven't been conquered, that you represent a threat to the kingdom of darkness, and that you're doing the will of God. And the greater the attack, the greater the level of blessing that awaits you beyond it, so keep going. (4) "Being exposed to sound Bible teaching automatically solves every problem." It will certainly help you solve your problems, but it won't solve them for you. You must be a "doer" of the Word and not a "hearer only" (see James 1:23). Paul writes, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (Ephesians 6:10-11). In other words, you need "staying power."
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)
Though we yearn greatly for the return of our King, there are still souls to be won. We can take heart in the love of our Father that all of Christ's sheep will be gathered before that final trump. None of our yet-saved brothers will perish. And this is the purpose for which Christ delays his coming.
Week #31 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 19-21
Monday: (History) 2 Kings 16-20
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 87-89
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 13
Thursday: (Prophecy) Ezekiel 37-42
Friday: (Gospels) Luke 23-24
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Thessalonians 1-3