The premise of this book may at a casual glance seem to be a very gloomy one that might not lure a reader to invest valuable reading time. Books about Christian prosperity, success, happiness, health, healing, and well-being abound. And the fact is that's what we ALL really want to hear and read about. But when our faith is so different from our experience the Adversary is able to prod us to doubt God and to doubt His Word.
Does the Bible promise anyone immunity from the difficulties and trials of the human condition? Does it promise impunity? We won't get sick or hurt or injured? Does God promise that there are spiritual or scriptural secrets that one might invoke that can prevent or heal cancer, heart disease, or other physical or mental maladies? We won't break our bones? We won't die?
I do not believe that God has ever promised or guaranteed anyone that kind of freedom from human frailty or flaws on this earthly plane. To the contrary, the scriptures seem to guarantee us a life that runs headlong into trouble and tribulation. “In the world ye shall have tribulation,” Jesus said (John 16:33). As a result of the Fall (man’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden) humanity bears a curse that manifests death in all of its horrendous forms.
Does this mean that our God is weak or miserly? Does this mean that our faith is worthless? This is no power? There is no victory? Are we deluded? Mistaken?
We just need to remind ourselves that we are people of the cross. Our symbol and emblem is an executioner's tool. We need to remember that the greatest work that God ever performed happened on a cursed tree. That is what we are really all about, and there is true victory.