Abraham was called by God to leave home and travel to a destination unknown to him. By faith he did just that, but as soon as he got to Canaan a famine forced him to leave for Egypt. God had told him that he would be a blessing and that his name would be great. But the calling and blessing of Abraham by God didn’t mean that he was God’s pet. Joseph was given dreams of a future which indicated that he would fill a role of authority and command respect even from his own parents and brothers. But none of that meant that he would never suffer hardship. David was anointed to be king of Israel but endured years of running for his life from the jealous king Saul. Throughout the Bible, God’s women and men, who were greatly blessed to be God’s people, nevertheless suffered many things. They did not receive special treatment on earth simply because they belonged to God. In fact it seems that often they had it even tougher in life precisely because they were God’s folk. So what was I expecting when I became a Christian? Exactly what promises has God made to His children of faith? We are not God’s pets. We are His servants. And there are difficulties to face as we align ourselves with Him and His will (and this may be a huge understatement depending on your circumstances). But we will not be alone. Stephen was not alone when he was stoned. Paul was not alone when he had to defend himself. He was not alone even when no other Christians stood by him. The Lord was with him, strengthening him. Remember that even our Lord Jesus Christ was not treated as a pet by Father God. For our sake the One Who had been the richest One in the universe, became poor and knew what it was like to have no place to lay His head. Now what will I do about this? Will it be enough for us…for me (His disciples), to be like our Master, and so to honor Him?