Finding Joy and Peace in the face of suffering

 

If we don’t master suffering, it will master us and we will become so hurt and disillusioned that we risk losing our faith altogether. None of us should be so confident as to think that this could never happen to us! It could. We are all vulnerable.

Jesus, Peter and Paul, and the other apostles somehow managed to find joy and peace in the face of suffering. Jesus was full of compassion and forgiveness as he hung in agony on the cross. Peter was peaceful enough to go sleep in the heavily guarded squalor of a Roman jail, knowing full well he probably faced execution the following day. Paul and Silas managed to sing hymns and pray in similar circumstances and this was after being flogged.
How did they manage it? How did they avoid becoming negative and depressed? And how can we help ourselves during this difficult time.

We keep talking about this difficult times, but we could have died in an accident or any other activities.
This is not meant to minimize the genuine struggles that we are all going through. But we are to keep in perspective, and that means keeping God at the center of what is going on. This can be so hard! I often find that he is the last person I want to talk to when I am low. We should always always focus on the fact that God’s love and goodness will always be greater, last longer, than anything else we may be going through.

” 21 For my soul was grieved. I was embittered in my heart. 22 I was so senseless and ignorant. I was a brute beast before you. 23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you. You have held my right hand. 24 You will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” Psalm 73:21-24 WEB.

The writer of Psalm somehow manages to find God in it all and started seeing things from the right perspective. By God’s grace, we will able to do same, amid the most desperate and unjust situations, and realize that God has always been there with us, guiding us, leading us by His hand and taking us from glory to glory.

References
Broken Hearted Believers, C. Thom, Kingsway Publications, Eastbourne.

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