Through no fault of your own you may find yourself in a pickle. That is, you end up in a place of extreme discomfort, persecution, bondage, or other similar situation which more than just stresses you out. In your mind it’s completely undeserving. You serve the Lord faithfully … you did nothing wrong, yet here you are in this mess! The question of “Why did God allow this to happen?” is a common refrain by those who endure such circumstances.
Let me tell you about Ezekiel and Daniel, both of whom suffered the indignity of being taken from their homes in the land of Israel and forced into captivity in Babylon while many much less deserving people weren’t taken into captivity at the same time. Both were great men of God, but suffered because Israel, as a nation, turned their backs against the Lord. So when Israel was going down, they went down with it. But, an interesting thing happened to both men. While in captivity, both men continued to serve the Lord faithfully with a full heart. Because they did, both were blessed while in captivity! Ezekiel, while still dealing with his rebellious people, was blessed to see an amazing vision of God (Ezekiel 1) and a new, yet to be built, Millennial Temple (Ezekiel 40-44). Daniel was honored by the kings of Babylon and ranked high in authority within that nation (Daniel 2:46-49, 5:29, 6:1, 6:29). You may also have noticed that two of the greatest books in the Old Testament were named after them.
The Apostle Paul, who vigorously served the Lord, was no stranger to trials and persecutions. He also found himself in prison. Yet, while in prison, Paul wrote letters to the Churches in Ephesus, Philippi, Colosse, and to Philemon. These letters are now part of the New Testament.
The point is we should continue to faithfully serve the Lord with a full heart even when we find ourselves in unpleasant or undesirable situations not of own making. It is during such time that God’s purpose, grace, and blessings can be manifested. Job, in the midst of his suffering, said “Though He slay me, yet will I trust him” (Job 13:15). That is great faith in the midst of undue suffering.
1 Peter 4:12
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you”.
It may be through no fault of your own, but the blessings of God can come through it … if we remain faithful.