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[b]Quote: The Value of Suffering[/b]
Psalm 7:17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness
and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. (NIV)
Those of us who cope with chronic pain and all the related trials are often tempted to ask WHY?
Wouldn't it be good to be in the presence of Jesus so that we could ask some of the more perplexing questions in life? The disciples were walking along with the Lord when they passed by a man that was blind from birth (John 9:1-4). They were given opportunity to ask one of those questions, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?"
We really like to keep things in neat categories. It provides some security for us to be able to trace the horrible things that happen in this world back to a direct cause. If the cause is a tangible area of sin we hope that we may in some way be able to isolate ourselves and our loved ones from it. Jesus didn't offer His disciples the comfort they may have desired. His response to their question was that this man is blind "that the works of God might be displayed in him."
Suffering teaches us:
1. the value of full surrender to God (1 Peter 4:1-2)
2. the value of patience (1 Peter 2:20)
3. the value of obedience (Philippians 2:8-11)
4. the value of prayer Philippians 4:6-7)
5. the value of studying the Scriptures (Psalm 119:67,71).
6. contentment (Philippians 4:11-12)
7. sympathy for others (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
8. it produces the fruit of righteousness in our lives (John 15:2)
9. Probably the greatest benefit to suffering in the life of the
believer is that it produces a deeper intimacy with God.
Jesus has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). In the valley of the shadow of death, "Thou art with me."
Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands - be joyful, pray continually, and give thanks - often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says,however, we will begin to see our trials in a new perspective. When we do God's will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Patricia Armstrong lives in Virginia Beach, Va., with her husband,Richard. She is a retired schoolteacher and deals with chronic pain
from a nerve disease. Patricia enjoys reading, camping, church activities and encouraging those with health and pain concerns.
This daily devotional is compliments of Rest Ministries, www.restministries.org, serving people who live with chronic illness or pain. Copyright 1998-2009
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