Is Persecution Normal for a Christian and Is God involved in the suffering?

Is suffering persecution normal for a Christian? To obtain an answer let us go to the source of all Truth. Persecution defined, “Infliction of suffering, injury, or death on another. The Bible begins with the persecution of the righteous by the unrighteous (Gn 4:3–7 “regard for Abel”; Mt 23:35; Heb 11:4).”[1] If this is not a clear answer, we are plainly told in 2 Timothy 3:12 that, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Is God involved in the suffering of a Christian, both regular suffering and persecution? To obtain this answer, let us look again at the Bible. The most popular example of suffering is Job. It does not take long before the answer is clear, that God was involved in this suffering. Not inflicting but protecting. Job 1:12, “And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.” As far as persecution and if God is involved, another popular example is Acts 16:25-27. Author Darrell Bock states that “Divine deliverance takes place in the context of Paul and Silas singing and praising God,”[2] after being imprisoned and persecuted for releasing a evil spirit from a slave girl.

In closing, yes we are to expect suffering and persecution as a Christian. Nowhere does it state that Christianity is a bed of roses. What the Bible does state is that we are not alone in the Christian walk, and we will never face anything by ourselves. It is often stated that the footprints in the sand is not ours, rather it is Christ’s footprints as He carried us.

Bibliography

Bock, Darrell L. Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2007.

Elwell, Walter A, and Barry J Beitzel. Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988.


[1] Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 1645.

[2] Darrell L Bock, Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2007), 540.

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One Response to Is Persecution Normal for a Christian and Is God involved in the suffering?

  1. Thank God that He never gives us more than we can handle.

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