Many times when a Christian speaks to a non-Christian they tell of this blissful experience once they are saved. They tell this story that ends with a happily ever after once a person is saved. I once had a little boy come to me at school and tell me that he didn’t feel saved. He had prayed the prayer, but he didn’t feel saved. His life was still hard. His life was still covered in disappointment, loneliness and neglect. He wanted to know if he had prayed the prayer wrong because it didn’t feel happily ever after.
I was saved in 2004, and from that moment I entered the most difficult period of my life. It was financially, emotionally and physically overwhelming. I was tested in a period of tribulation that was simply beyond comprehending. I was broken down to a person that was nearly unrecognizable. Yet, I was a Christian. I was doing what I was supposed to do. I was studying my bible, listening to preachers on the radio, and attending local services. Where was my happily ever after? Didn’t God accept my prayer?
You will find preachers and churches that promise you a happily ever after. You will find preachers and churches that promise blessings upon your family if you tithe. You will find preachers that promise heaven on earth if you surrender your life to Jesus Christ. They rush you to pray for salvation under the false pretense of a happily ever after, and when that doesn’t happen you begin to doubt yourself and Christ, just as the little boy did.
Quite to the contrary, you can expect a life of tribulation and hardship. All of the apostles except one was martyred for his faith. If those closest to Jesus Christ suffered and died, then how can we expect a fairy tale existence? The scriptures tell us that the world will hate us as it hated Jesus. The devil will rise against us and challenge us daily to turn from our loving father. We will be in the world, but not of the world.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
What the Bible does promise is salvation. The Bible does promise that upon your death you will live again in heaven with your savior. What the Bible does promise is that you will be sealed by God and become a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. The Bible does promise that while there will be tribulation, loss and suffering you will never endure it alone. The Bible does promise that all things will happen for your good and for His glory.
You are the righteousness of Jesus Christ. You have a personal relationship with God. Your sins have been washed away by the sacrifice of the creator of the universe. Death no longer has a claim on you and you will live in fellowship with God in heaven forever and ever. That is our happily ever after.