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Why me? What did I do to deserve this? I deserve better. These are all things that I find myself thinking too often. When God puts certain trials and hardships in my life, my first reaction tends to be anger and frustration. I am blinded by my own struggles, and I fail to see that it
could be so much worse for me. The life of a Christian can be burdensome, but the reality is that our suffering is so small compared to eternity and the glory there.
It is so easy to get angry with God when he puts us into difficult situations. It is easy to feel that he is not doing things for our benefit, and that he is bringing things upon us that we do not deserve. However, what we sometimes fail to realize is that God owes us absolutely nothing. What we truly deserve is eternal hellfire for our sins against God. The only reason we are even in this world is because of his mercy and grace.
When I am struggling with something that feels like too much weight for me to bear, find that Romans 8 can be very comforting and reassuring. It is hard for me to choose a verse out of this chapter that is my favorite. A huge comfort, however, is verse 31. The second part of it is, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Considering this verse is a great solace for us as Christians. No matter what happens to us, nothing is going to bring us down, because God is for us, and as verse 28 says, he is working all things for our good. How can we fear when we remember this?
A beautiful example of this truth is the life of Joseph. Although his brothers hated him and sold him into slavery, causing him to lose his family and everything he knew, he remained steadfast in his faith, and God blessed him through his experiences. He prospered in Potiphar’s house. We see this in Genesis 39. Even when Potiphar’s wife had Joseph cast into prison, God was still with Joseph. In prison, the keeper put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners. No matter what happened to him, Joseph could not deny that God was working everything for his good, as is shown in Genesis 50:20. It is the same in our lives. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “And the Lord, He it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” God is always with us, and He will never leave us.
At times it seems that our suffering is so great.  But the reality is that our affliction on this earth is minuscule when compared to the glory we will experience in eternity (2 Cor. 4:17). It can also feel as if we are alone, with no one to take care of us, but Psalm 91:11 destroys this thought when it says, “For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Thinking about this verse and its meaning is so comforting. God’s angels are watching over us, and they hold us in their hands so that we will not falter. What a great consolation!
Some trials that God places in our lives can be so consuming that we forget to trust in him. God promises to be with us always and to preserve us through the generations, but when we are blinded by our own struggles, we find it difficult to remember these truths. This is why Christian fellowship is so important. Our friends and family can remind us of these wonderful truths so that we always remember to trust God in all that we do.
God has promised to preserve us, and to be with us always. What a wonderful comfort that is in comparison to our seemingly huge afflictions. The Bible teaches us that the small trials we face in this life are nothing when compared to the glory we will experience in heaven.

The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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