Lord, save us from the testing. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with the Point.
Every era has its trials—events that test their impression and infer what kind of men and women they are.
What is America’s next test? North Korea’s nukes? Our increasingly divided politics? The opioid crisis?
What about the Church? Christians in the Middle East, India, and China positively know about contrast and trials. Will American Christians sojourn true as cultural, political, and even authorised pressures smoke-stack up?
These are obligatory questions, ones which Jesus entirely anticipated. He knew His supporters would face persecution, even unto death. Within years, Peter would write that believers would humour all kinds of trials that would “prove the genuineness” of the faith.
Inevitable as this contrast may be, Jesus educated His disciples to urge that God would save us from the “time of peirasmon” . . . that is, the time of trial. A contrast that would lure us to desert hope, desert faith.
So in the face of arriving trials, let’s keep praying: Lord Jesus, save us.