Wouldn't it be wonderful if we never had any kind of problems in life? Suppose we never got sick. We never had the sneezes or the runny nose or all of the other things that accompany this. Wouldn't that be great? Most, if not all of us, would agree with this.Wouldn't it be superb if, as we give ourselves in obedience to Christ, we never had another struggle? Wouldn't it be good if we had all the good things and never had any of the bad?When you and I became/become Christians, our struggles do not cease. Because we are in Christ, we always have hope of something better. However, we are going to experience pain, suffering, heartache, disappointment, etc.As we read through the Bible, we see our brothers and sisters in the first century did not have an easy life. The were hated and persecuted for the faith they had in Jesus as the Son of God. They were arrested, beaten, even murdered for just believing in and being part of the body of Christ. In a day when we have such freedom of religion we find this hard to understand. Jesus was speaking to His disciples the night of his betrayal and arrest. One of the things He told them was that they would be persecuted. John 15:20 (NASB) "Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also." Jesus told them to expect to be persecuted. Should we do any less? When we know what the Bible is teaching we need to take a stand for our God. It may not be popular, but at least we know that we will please the Master. We may be laughed at, made fun of, etc., but God is the one who is still in control of our lives. Our role is to submit to Him and He will provide for all of our needs (Philippians 4:19; Matthew 6:25-34).Whatever your struggles are today, just remember that God is bigger than any of them. Sometimes I need to be reminded of that, because the pressures and temptations want to smother us and make us forget about our God. Yet, He continues to tell us to trust in Him, to believe His promises and look to the future.