–>Suffered from Injustice? Read this.<–
I know I talk about suffering a lot and not giving up in my blog recently and I know some people who suffered grievous things will not always agree with what is said. You might think, Adrianna, ‘look I know this is in the Bible, but I feel abandoned! I feel like God isn’t there for me! I suffered great things—things you wouldn’t even begin to know how to deal with! I cannot forgive these people! I cannot let this go! Why has God forsaken me!? Why does He bless others and not me? Does He not care?’ Trust me, I’ve been there before. I’ve said these same things, just to God. I’ve been in a place where I was angry and hurt because of unfair things other people had done to me. I might not understand the depth of your struggle, but I’m pretty sure I can relate just a little.
—>Having regrets about following God?<—
It’s worth following God. No, really, it is. However, when preachers and evangelists tell others these things some forget to tell the full reality of following God. The truth is: it won’t always be pretty, sometimes you’ll be confused as to why God is allowing you to suffer through certain things, and sometimes—even most times–everything won’t be peaches and roses. See, with following God, there comes a cost. Jesus and the disciples were NOT afraid to tell these things to others. In fact, if you recount the fact that they often told people about the cost of following Jesus, especially before people began to follow, you cannot help but to admit the drawing power of God!
At Christmas time, when I was younger, I used to wonder what my parents were going to get me. The joy and excitement of opening presents were really what the thrill was in this holiday as opposed to the actual presents. Out of all my siblings, I was usually the one who was the most excited and happy to open the gifts and enjoy the gifts no matter what they were. In fact sometimes I would get so excited I would open or take my siblings gifts, but I’ll talk about stealing on another day, heh heh. I always have to say the best gifts I’ve ever received were gifts that the giver somehow knew I needed or wanted, when I didn’t even express or know I wanted it. There’s something about receiving something that is exactly what you needed, even if you don’t realize it at the time. This is why I have to say, the best gift is God’s salvation.