George was born in Jerusalem. He considers himself to be a Christian in a world that is predominately Jewish and Muslim. He says one and one-half percent of the population of Israel is “Christian.” George is our guide on our pilgrimage to the Lands of the Bible.
He is not only a fantastic guide; he is also an excellent student of Scripture. We are enjoying numerous discussions from Gods Word. His theology is remarkably close to what most of us would believe. On Sunday, he worshiped with us, and it was his first time he had ever heard of the Church of Christ. Would you please say a prayer for George today?
I just wanted to introduce you briefly to him, but here is the main reason I wanted to mention George. Standing on top of Masada, George stated that each time he goes there he is reminded that just because we do the right thing and just because we follow the Word of God doesn’t mean we will be free from any difficulty in this life.
As you no doubt have often preached, we will endure some suffering, difficulty, discomfort in our life precisely because we are following the Savior. I write these words to remind you, to remind all of us that just because you may be suffering today, it doesn’t mean God is punishing you.
Just because you feel that you are in an uncomfortable place with elders, members, people in the world, and perhaps even family members, it isn’t necessarily because you are doing something wrong.
Take heart, my friend. Turn your struggles over to the one who can bring comfort, peace, joy, and contentment, even when you feel that your life is in turmoil, discomfort, and sorrow. And one more thing, Remember Masada!