The Sifting of Suffering

I don’t like to deal with this subject. (I may end up being tested). You probably don’t count this as one of your favorite subjects. However, it needs to be addressed. God has a lot to say about it! Why do we have to suffer? Perhaps the number one reason is to use it as an acid-test. Will our faith “buckle” under pressure? “Writing off” God when He allows suffering indicates no genuine trust on our part or, at least, no maturity of trust. When adversity strikes, we can dig in our heels like Job (“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”) or we can turn from God; a choice that leaves us to face hard things alone. Another reason for suffering is that, with no suffering, most (all?) of us would find it easy to settle down in this world. If life is beautiful, why disturb the “status quo.” Suffering serves to motivate us to take the “long view.” In Romans 8:18, Paul wrote: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time (are) not worthy (to be compared) with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Suffering tests us, but, oh, the satisfaction when we “pass with flying colors!” Peter, in I Peter 1:6-7, reminds us: “….ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” Think on these timely words from, “Never Alone.” The unknown author wrote: “When in affliction’s valley  I’m treading the road of care, my Savior helps me to carry my cross when heavy to bear, though all around me is darkness, earthly joys all flown; my Savior whispers His promise, “I never will leave thee alone.” No, never alone, no, never alone,  He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.” Trust Him to walk you through, never leaving your side, understanding your pain and preparing you for a “suffering-free” eternity! Selah! Trials sift out our “flimsy” faith from our real faith. It is our “real” faith with which we trust God.   Ron

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One thought on “The Sifting of Suffering

  1. Hi Ron, I see every old person in our Church and every one around us suffering, one way or another. And most are worse off than I am! How about the unsaved? What’s their future look like? We best be about our Father’s business! That will take some of the hurt out of suffering. And the Hymn you selected for today, “No, Never Alone” has been used by the Lord to touch my heart many times down through the years, and still does! Thank you for what you are doing. Blessings! John

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