Read John Chapter 16
There are some things which God never promised. That sounds like a really stupid statement, doesn’t it? Of course there are many, many, things which are NOT promised in God’s word. However, there are a few of them which are widely believed to be true in today’s society. There are countless numbers of both believers and unbelievers who have been misled by some “promises” which are not a part of His word. We are going to look at some of them.
– God does not promise His children a trouble-free life.
Jn 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Because we have lived all our lives in an era of plenty, we are very spoiled! We have grown up believing that the Christian life should be a life of ease and plenty. When I was growing up, it seemed as though everyone in our church had plenty of material possessions. All the adults put their masks on each Sunday morning and gave impressionable young people like me that they had it all together. As far as I knew, no one had problems. Needless to say, somewhere along the way I found out that was an incorrect impression.
– God does not promise that we will ever be free from temptation in life on earth.
1Co 10:12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
This passage makes pretty clear that we will always have temptation. We are only promised that He will provide us with a way out.
– God does not promise us an easy “believism.”
Mt 20:22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered.
We are not likely to face the trials and tribulations which the disciples endured. But we will be called upon to take stands for Christ and His truth which will be unpopular to most of the world. We do men a great injustice when we lead them to Jesus and do not warn them that spiritual battles and spiritual warfare will be a part of their lives when they follow Christ. There is more involved in commitment to Christ than simply praying the “sinner’s prayer.” Churches have misled many by making salvation seem like nothing more than “inviting Christ into one’s heart.” It is that, but there is more. It also includes laying our sinful desires on the altar, and accepting whatever cross we are asked to bear.
– God does not promise forgiveness without repentance.
We have sufficiently covered this subject many times already. We don’t need another scripture passage as evidence; nevertheless, here is one.
Lk 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Prayer: Forgive us for whining and complaining when we grow weary. Our troubles, temptations, and trials of life are proofs that we are Your children and You are our Father. We pray for strength to endure them victoriously, thereby bringing honor and glory to Your name.