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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

10 November 2005

Christian Troubles

Q: I was saved nearly a year ago and it seems like since then I have been sick more and had more problems than before. Is Satan trying to make me turn my back on God or what? I just don’t understand why so much is happening to me.

A: This is often the case when people come to faith; Satan doesn’t want to let go of anyone. Also, when Christ rescues us, we often think that things will get better. Sometimes, our situation actually gets worse. Even when things don’t actually get worse, unfulfilled expectations can have the same effect. Meanwhile, while God regards us as holy for Christ’s sake, we still remain with our sinful natures which torment and tempt us throughout our earthly days.

Whichever it is, you can rest assured that neither the devil and his fallen angels nor our own sinful flesh will let us alone. We will be tempted, we will have problems, and life won’t always be easy.

Yet it was the same and worse for our Lord: Even God’s beloved Son was tested, tempted, and tormented. Likewise, the Christian stands with St. Paul and rejoice in affliction, for thus they treated our Savior, His apostles, and His prophets (e.g., Colossians 1:24). They all suffered physical hardship, mental duress, and emotional strain. But the Father of all mercies kept them steadfast, just as He will you as you place your trust in Him and His Son who suffered and died for you.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.


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