God has not promised us of a problem-free Christianity as we walk daily with Him. From time immemorial, all the people who have walked with God have faced one challenge or the other.

Do you recall the answer Jesus gave to Peter when he asked him; we have left everything to follow you, what will we get? Jesus replied “Truly I tell you, no one who has left home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields – along with persecution and in the age to come eternal life (Mark 10:29-30)

Today we observed from our reading that Abraham, the channel of blessing was faced with a serious challenge of famine which made him flee to Egypt. In Egypt, because of fear, he portrayed his wife as his sister. Sometimes, you feel so despised and rejected due to the enormous suffering you are going through and you begin to ask questions whether indeed the promises of God are true. Yes! All His promises are Ye and Amen in Christ Jesus!

Amidst all these challenges, Abraham was nourished and became rich as the Lord inflicted serious diseases on his adversaries. Don’t give up, look up to Jesus and stand firm for, for these afflictions and challenges are for an appointed time and it will subside in Jesus’ name. Persecutions and sufferings are part of our Christian walk.

Don’t run away, walk in it joyfully for our present suffering is not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed later. (Rom. 8:18)