Has anyone said this?
From the beginning of our lives, pain and suffering is something we want to avoid.
Physical pain helps us to know when we are endangering ourselves or something is wrong.
Physical pain is beneficial, because our physical bodies need to be protected from harm and pain can be a warning.
That’s why a parent teaches their child not to touch something “hot”, not to eat or drink something “yucky”.
It’s a safety issue.
So, purposefully guarding our bodies from harmful substances and activities is wise, it honors the One who gave it to us.
Yet, the spirit is a different matter, completely.
James 1:2-4 NKJV — My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
It’s not comfortable or fun to “fall into various trials”.
Actually, the average American person spends a good deal of their adulthood trying to avoid trials.
Scripture makes it clear God uses trials.
He works on our character by walking us through tribulations.
Romans 5:3 KJV — And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Trials are not something a we have to look hard to find.
As Christ followers, we should expect them.
John 15:18 NKJV — “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
Jesus’s life is our example and that includes suffering.
He suffered to an extent no human can comprehend.
God became man, to allow His own creation to accuse Him of being Himself, beat Him and crucify Him.
He came, choosing the greatest suffering, that mankind might be saved from eternal suffering, the consequence we chose when sin contaminated our race.
With this gift of salvation from Jesus Christ, we get another choice, that of following Him.
It’s the best kind of suffering.
To live in the world and yet not to be of the world.
To walk daily, choosing to allow God and His Word to work in us, continually shaping our hearts.
Letting patience have it’s perfect work that we might be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV — For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for salvation and Your example to us in all things. Lord, please continue to hone our hearts and to guide our steps. Lord, help our mouths to be full of Your praise, our eyes fixed upon Your Word, our hearts tender, and our minds focused upon You. Lord, it goes against our earliest emotions to be willing to die to ourselves, but it’s the only way we can live unto You. Lord, please help us to better understand how to rejoice when we fall into trials and how to walk with You in patience. Thank You for Your Word, Your truth, and Your faithfulness. I love You, Jesus. Amen