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  • Writer's pictureJack Hager

>Trials are Part of the (Real) Deal!


A staff member jokingly said, “Well, Jack, you must have misread the Lord’s leading or your house would have sold by now.” At least I think he was joking.

Regardless, his statement is laughable.

Following God’s leading does not mean a smooth path. In fact biblically and historically the opposite holds true; after all, “All those who desire to live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.(2 Tim 3.12)”

My family and I are not doing a whole lot of suffering; especially in comparison with believers in dire circumstances both in the United States and especially world-wide.

But to think I “misread” the Spirit’s leading because we haven’t sold the house yet is fuzzy, foggy, frightful “theology.”

“Exalt in your tribulations (Ro 5.3)” says the Word. “Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials.(James 1.2)” Paul (who knew some stuff about suffering) wrote to the church at Philippi, “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake…(Phil 1.29)”

Peter echoes those thoughts with “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.(1 Pe 3.17)” Later Peter says, “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.(1 Pe 4.19)”

What, pray tell, does the “prosperity” preacher do with such verses? Ignore them.

I certainly am capable of “blowing it.” But I remain confident that God has called, even prodded me, to join the Midland Ministries staff. Would I like a quick and fantastic sale of the house? Duh.

But I’ll rest in Him, His timing, and His plan.

If it’s His will, it’s His bill. When I’m to hit the trail, He will arrange the sale!

And it is certainly okay (and requested) that you join us in prayer for the buyer to show up – quickly!

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