Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983) was a Holocaust survivor. Her sister Betty died in prison. She was a powerful evangelist and the bible teacher. She narrates from her life: “When I was a little girl, ” she said, “I went to my father and said, “Daddy, I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.” “Tell me,” said Father, “When you take a train trip to Amsterdam, when do I give you the money for the ticket? Three weeks before?” “No, Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train.” “That is right,” my father said, “and so it is with God’s strength. Our Father in Heaven knows when you will need the strength to be a martyr for Jesus Christ. He will supply all you need – just in time…” Yes, God not only guides, but also equips and empowers at each step.
1) Reality: There are many Christians who expect a trouble-free world. However, Lord clearly said: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Christians are not exempt from trials, troubles, and tribulations.
2) Grace: There are others who are worried, will they have confidence and faith to face such trials. As explained by Corrie Ten Boom, God gives the strength, grace and courage to face any eventuality. “When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.” (Matthew 10:19)
3) Triumph: Christians do not strive or struggle for victory. The victory is inherited and celebrated in Christ who has overcome the world. In the world, we experience heaven as when Christ is with us. When we leave the world, we live with him forever. Hence, Christians are victorious as they live or when they enter heaven.
Do I experience triumph in tribulation?