Sometimes it can be difficult to trust the Lord when you are going through hardships. Whether it be financial, health, car or relationship troubles it can be hard to trust in the Lord. You may ask “why?” or “How am I going to get through this?” People may even get angry at God but please know that He is with you through it all. God is with each of us as we go through the struggles in our lives. God will guide us as we go through our ordeals. We need to lean on Him and pray harder. I could be angry at God about my having a hysterectomy and still having health issues afterwards but I’m not. I know that He’s beside me and that God knows all that is going on with me. I feel God like never before. Everything happens for a purpose. God needs me to go through this bit of suffering for one reason or another. When God’s plan for me is apparent I’ll know. God always has something good come from bad so I am trusting in the Lord.
I get emails from GodTube and am sharing this reflection:
Suffering with God
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. (v.3).
Pain. We take pills to ease it, hold prayer meetings to heal it, develop strategies to avoid it, and think up philosophies to explain it. We rarely, however, consider suffering as part of God’s plan for our lives.
Classic spiritual authors take a different approach to suffering. Take the 17th-century monk Brother Lawrence, for example. Lame in one leg and acquainted with illness, in The Practice of the Presence of God,he says: “I have been often near expiring, but I never was so much satisfied as then. Accordingly, I did not pray for any relief, but I prayed for strength to suffer with courage, humility, and love. Ah, how sweet it is to suffer with God!”
“The heart is stretched through suffering, and enlarged,” wrote renowned Quaker teacher Thomas Kelly. He believed that suffering helps us feel God’s burden for a world in pain and encourages us to respond.
Or let me give a more recent example. In 1967, a diving accident left Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic. She told me this during a radio interview: “Christians sometimes want to erase suffering out of the dictionary. [But] if you read the Bible, you’ll see that it is often God’s best tool to make us more like Jesus.”
There’s nothing wrong with visiting a doctor when we’re sick, and we should pray when we’re ill (James 5:13-18). But Brother Lawrence, Thomas Kelly, and Joni Eareckson Tada discovered something deeper about suffering: God wants to use it to transform our character (Romans 5:3-5), make us mature (James 1:2-4), give us empathy for others (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), prove our faith (1 Peter 1:7), and make us like Jesus (Romans 8:28-29).
“How sweet it is to suffer with God!” are the words of people who can rejoice in suffering (Romans 5:3), because God’s purposes in it are their priority.
In our suffering we can become closer to Christ. We can offer our suffering in union with the Cross. We can become more like Jesus.
During one of my major trials in my life a friend of mine said to me that you are like Jesus. I thought to myself “Am I like Jesus?” My friend said you are being wrongly accused and persecuted so you are like Jesus. I realized that Yes, I was like Jesus in this way. But I asked myself, “Do I really want to be like Jesus if this is what it takes?” Back then as I was going through my ordeal I said “no”. But now that I look back and have grown in my faith I say “Yes, this is what we are called to be, called to be Christlike.” Being like Christ means being wronged and persecuted just as He was. We are all called to be martyrs for Christ. Going through sufferings during our lives is like us becoming martyrs little by little.
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