Proverbs chapter 24
Becoming a Christian does not end all trouble. Some are surprised at this discovery. They thought:
I'm through with trial."
But Christians endure tribulations.
However, the Christian's trials are different. He does not face them alone. His Lord accompanies him in every difficulty: "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee" (Isaiah 43:2).
The Christian's trials develop his faith: "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ" (I Peter 1:6-7).
The Christian's trials do not destroy him: "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;we are perplexed, but not in despair: Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed" (II Corinthians 4:8-9).
A ninety-year-old man was cautioned by his daughter not to fall down, after a heavy snow storm. "If I fall down, I'll just get up again," he replied.
Christians don't stay down. Their Lord lifts them up again!