Words for Thought: Tribulation
The Merriam-Webster Word of the Day for July 31st was tribulation:
Distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution; also: a trying experience.
There are a number of passages regarding tribulation mentioned in Scripture. Messiah gives us words of warning in Matthew 24:9:
Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
And words of comfort in John 16:33:
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.
And Paul gives us words of encouragement in Romans 5:3-5:
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
John tells us of himself in Revelation 1:9:
I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
If you feel that you are under attack and are suffering tribulation because of your faith in the Messiah, Yeshua, then know that you are in the company of many faith-filled men of Scripture and in the company of Messiah Himself. Continue to fight the good fight, persevere, and finish the race.
Remember Paul's word of encouragement:
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. - 1 Tim 1:17