Suffering; difficulties; frustrations; irritations . . . shall I go on? None of these things are pleasant and we certainly don’t like to experience any of it, right? Well, let’s talk about it a moment . . . out Lord was resurrected and now lives in our hearts and allows us to live a victorious life!
All of that is absolutely true! However, do you remember what preceded Christ’s resurrection? Well, it was preceded by a short period of suffering. He was beat; bruised; whipped and on and on it went. Think of our own lives. We do eventually die! We do occasionally suffer! Sometimes we do experience pain and sorrow.
Oh, we certainly do not wantto suffer or be hurt. When there is an opportunity to suffer, I don’t know anyone who jumps up and down like Arnold Horshack, “Ooh, ooh. Me, I want to . . .” We want painless deliverance, supernatural intervention. “Do it, God,” we pray, “because I am weak and always will be. Do it all while I go my way, waiting for a supernatural deliverance.”
We may blame our troubles on demons. We seek out a man of God and hope he can cast out the demon so that we can go on our way with no pain or suffering. All done! Breeze right through to a peaceful life of victory. We want someone to lay hands on us and drive away all the dryness. But victory is not always without suffering and pain. Look at your sin. Face it. Suffer it through, just as Jesus did. Enter into his suffering. Suffering endures for a night, but joy always follows in the morning.
God’s love demands a choice. If God supernaturally lifted us out of every battle without pain or suffering, it would abort all trials and all temptation; there would be no free choice and no testing as by fire. It would be God superimposing his will on mankind. He chooses to meet us in our dryness and show us how it can become the way into a new life of faith.
It is often the will of God that we suffer dryness and even pain. “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19).
Thank God, suffering is always the short period before final victory! “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you” (1 Peter 5:10).
(I send out messages like each morning. If you are interested, let me know. However, you can also find these messages at: Thought For The Day)