The Bible is clear that being a Christian doesn’t promise a life free from suffering and hardship. The Bible does, however, speak about a peace that Christians can experience in life.
This peace is not just any peace, it’s a peace that transcends human understanding.
In his letter to the church in Philippi, Paul explains how Christians can experience this peace.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Rejoice, be considerate, don’t be anxious about anything, pray, give thanks, tell God what you need, and you will experience his peace! In other words, living a wholehearted Christian life means that no matter what you’re experiencing, the peace of God will accompany you.
Romans 5:1-2 also describes the peace that faith brings.
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
This makes quite a lot of sense, because if you believe that God loves you to the fullest and has given you the ultimate gift – eternal life – through the death of his son, no matter what hardship and/or suffering you may experience on earth, in the end, you will reign in glory with God.
This is a trustworthy saying:
If we die with him,
we will also live with him.
If we endure hardship,
we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny who he is.
[2 Timothy 2:11-13]