In the Thickets
Sometimes we have the tendency to complain about little things in life. It is those little things which ought to prepare us for the more difficult things. Paul saw persecutions as hurdles one may jump. You won't jump those high hurdles if you can't jump the low ones. Use those low hurdles in life to be more successful as a Christian in the future. Jeremiah 12:5, "If you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you fall down, how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan?" (NRSV) Do you see what God is saying? If you can't succeed when the going is easy, how will you succeed when the going gets tough? Many complain about how hard it is to confess Christ in our society. I wonder what they would do if their life were on the line. Many first century Christians faced just that sort of challenge.