I don’t even know if I am actually going to publish this- but recently I have been surrounded by people who are or have gone through immense suffering and I have also been surrounded by people who are desperately in love with the Lord. And those people are one in the same. And these ‘sufferings’ are out of their control.
Health problems, broken marriages, spiritual attacks, mental illness, diseases, earthquakes, abuse, job losses, hurricanes, death. Sometimes, these things are completely out of our control.
But you know what. That is exactly where God wants us. He allows these things to happen, things we have no control over. It is not that we are in ‘sin’ or ‘just not praying enough’. Even though that may be true, but I am more convinced then not that the majority of time that uncontrollable suffering occurs in a Christians life is not due to God bringing ‘judgement’ or the ‘consequences of sin’ or a ‘rebellious heart’- it’s all to bring Him glory.
Think of Job. He lost everything. His friends and family made fun of Him for following after the Lord and accused Him of being in sin. They thought he was crazy. Yet the Lord was very pleased with Him and the LORD got the glory- not Job.
So be thankful for suffering my friends. If God has allowed it to happen to you, He has a reason and He wants the glory. Allow Him to do so in your life. Allow yourself to suffer. It will endure for more then a day, months, years even an entire lifetime. Don’t suck it up and act like everything is fine. Don’t pretend. Cry out to the Lord. Cry out to your Christian family. Lament over the suffering. Work our your salvation! Question, dig, grovel. Let the suffering encompass you.
Because isn’t that what Jesus did for us on the cross? Didn’t He fully and completely embrace the suffering His Father bestowed upon Him?
And didn’t God get the ultimate glory?