Christians are not immune from the troubles of this world. Helpless situations, catastrophic loss, terrible accidents, and debilitating illnesses are as likely to fall on the saved as the lost. Many Christians have come to the end of their ropes, exhausting all their emotions and all their resources. They’ve prayed to God, but their situation only gets worse. It’s as if God doesn’t care.
Though we may think otherwise, God never abandons us. Jesus knows what we are going through and is there with us in the worst of times. I have had my share of pain and disappointments in life, more than my share I sometimes think. “What have I ever done to deserve all that has befallen me?” But that’s the wrong question. The right question is what is the end of it all, and I turn to the words of Jesus in Revelation 2:10 for the answer: “Be faithful to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”