Do Not Fear
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. “- Revelation 2:10
Jesus is ten billion times stronger than the devil. All he has to do is say “You will not throw my loved ones in prison!” and Satan would have to obey (Mark 1:27). Then why does Jesus allow this suffering? “…that you may be tested.” And what is tested ? “Be faithful…” And to what degree are you tested? “…unto death…” Will you keep trusting Him? Will you keep believing that He has your best interest at heart? That He is wise? That He is good? That He is sovereign?
God is always at work in thousands of ways through your suffering, many of which you cannot know, but one thing you can know is that God is testing your faith. And He wants you to know something ahead of time before suffering comes, “You will receive the crown of life.” John Piper explains, “That means Jesus will raise you from the dead and crown you with the kind of everlasting joy in His presence that will make up for your losses ten-thousand-fold.”
God has a purpose for every painful loss in your life. Trust the Lord, love Him to the end, pass the test, and receive your crown!