SOME seem to think God's people never encounter difficulties, meet trials or tests, but are blessed continually with smooth sailing! Because this great and important work of God, conducted through His called human servants, has had to survive a long and severe series of crises and tests of faith, a few have concluded, "Well, if it has met with some trouble, and is in a crisis, I guess it isn't God's work after all. I guess God has deserted it." And then they proceed promptly to desert it themselves, just when it needs their help the most! Does the Bible teach smooth sailing for true Christians whom God is using?
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