Friday, August 24, 2012

Why We Suffer

Someday We’ll Understand Why We Suffer
Job 23:10-14
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.

“It is said that a bar of steel worth five dollars when made into ordinary horseshoes will be worth only ten dollars. If this same five-dollar bar is manufactured into needles, the value rises to $350, but if it is made into delicate springs for expensive watches, it will be worth $250,000. This original bar of steel is made more valuable by being cut to its proper size, passed through the heat again and again, hammered and manipulated beaten and pounded and finished and polished, until it is finally ready for its delicate task.” ( M. R. DeHann, M.D.)

I do not know why oft ‘round me,
My hopes all shattered seem to be;
God’s perfect plan I cannot see,
But some day I’ll  understand.

Some day He’ll make it plain to me;
Some day when I His face shall see,
Some day from tears I shall be free,
For some day I shall understand.

~unknown author

In the Scripture above, Job does not say, “I know the way that He takes,” but rather, “He knoweth the way that I take.” Wouldn’t it be nice to know what God was doing in our lives? I think if we knew what God was planning and we could see all that lay ahead, we wouldn’t need faith to accept God’s way. Job, in the midst of his deep affliction, found comfort in knowing, God knew what He was doing. When God leaves us alone, and does not allow difficulties, testings and trials in our lives, be assured, we become unfruitful, aimless and empty. 

God uses suffering to teach us to have patience and to purify our lives to be more like Him.

Patience can only be learned by being tested, by having pressure and inevitable troubles come into our lives because of our relationship with Christ and then, enduring through those trials. Unless our patience, like our faith, is tried, we will never learn to be still and know that God is in control of all things–––this will allow us to experience the ability to remain faithful under tremendous weight and pressure without giving in. Romans 5:3-5 ~ And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

God uses suffering to teach us to be compassionate with others in pain.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 ~ Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 

Those who can bring the greatest comfort and peace to our hearts are those who have suffered personal affliction themselves and have tasted the sweet relationship that comes while walking with Christ during the suffering. When we suffer for righteousness sake, it helps build our patience and endurance to avoid any sense of self-pity when suffering for Him. Sharing with other believers the divine comfort that God brings is encouraging, when with that comfort, we experience God’s everlasting love through grievous heartache.

Thought: The process of making us more like Christ cannot be done without suffering. Testings, trials, suffering and chastening are God’s way of purifying, cleansing and conforming us into the image of His dear Son. If the Lord does not send us affliction, we may doubt whether the Lord sees in us anything worth cultivating. The measure of our worth to Christ may well be measured by the trials and testings He sends. 

Job 10:14 ~ For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. The Lord will perform and complete what He has appointed for us through His divine plan for our lives.

Take heart dear child of God–––our Father makes no mistakes and though we may not understand all that has come our way, some day we will understand and know the worth of every trial. 1 Corinthians 13:12 ~ For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know (fully) even as also I am (fully) known.

1 comment:

  1. i love this!! I never thought of this "He knows the way that I take, not I know the way He takes" That really made me think! God used you to bless my heart today and I thank you for that!