The Discipline of Suffering
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trials which are to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you…… Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good.” as to a faithful Creator.
1 Peter 4:12,19
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution…..
2 Timothy 3:12
The pain and heartache and bitterness of suffering has spanned the millennia. Pain, heartache and bitterness stretch from the anguished cries of questioning Job.. to the wickedness of these clamorous end times, where the accumulated filth of man’s sin, which bears down so heavily of all who live godly has all but reached its fullness.
Those who seek to explain suffering give the clearest clue that they have never suffered, but those who bear shattering blows often cry out in grief – “Why?” and “Wherefore Oh God?” And they join the anguished cries of the suffering saints under the alter crying:- “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
But the mystery of the fiery trial that distresses the godly can leave him wild with distress. The unexplained sufferings and persecutions of those beloved of the Lord can render the saint dazed with sorrow. At times the God who commands us to accept such pain seems distant and detached. Oft-times the God Who loves us with an everlasting and incomprehensible love seems careless and aloof… causing the voice of the Spirit, not only to whisper in our ear: Hast thou considered my servant Job” but Hast thou considered my servant Jesus?
Who endured the cross, despising the shame.
Who was required to learn obedience by the things which He suffered.
Who endured such great hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. Hebrews 12:3
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