“View Suffering as an Opportunity to Draw Nearer to the Lord God “
This is not the “normal way” people think in today’s world. We have all kinds of pills and meds to take us out of the state of suffering.
Now I am not saying skip all meds or try to make yourself suffer. However, Christianity is a new way of looking at things. Scripture, the Word of God promises that believers will suffer. But instead of getting bogged down in that suffering, believers are asked to look at suffering differently.
If Jesus, the perfect Son of God suffered, his followers will too.
Please read the following verses. 1 Peter 4:12-19
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Oh sufferer, whoever you may be, continue to live strong for the Lord. This life of suffering is numbered. The place we seek for eternity, the days are not numbered, the beauty cannot be described, and our fellow residents will be great.
But the best blessing by far will be to live forever with the mighty, marvelous, tremendous, fabulous, and awesome Lord God.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be Blessed, Be a Blessing;