Suffering

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A storm hit us on a Thursday afternoon knocking out power to 23,000 homes and businesses; our home was included in that number. We were without power for over two days. On Friday afternoon, we had a heat index of 100 degrees. It was miserable. We have four dogs who can’t take the heat, and my brother has a heart condition and has to keep his meds at room temperature. All we could do was pray that power would be restored soon. The book of Hebrews says, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Heb. 4:16) We needed God at this time, but we must remember we need
God all the time. We know God will be there and know he’s with us always. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh. 1:9)

We were miserable but we had water, we had food, and by grace of God it cooled down so we were able to sleep a little better. We felt we were suffering a bit, but is this actually really suffering? Most, well all, of us think so, but what is suffering? True suffering is being sacrificed, crucified, beaten, tortured, cussed at, spit on, even killed. That’s suffering and that’s what Jesus went through. He did this for us,

“He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.” (Is. 53:3-12)

God loves us so much.

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) After what Jesus went through do we really have a right to complain about suffering? NO.

When I sat out on my porch those two nights we were without power, the suffering of Jesus went through my mind. Those two nights weren’t so bad after all.

So please praise God that it wasn’t that bad, he was there, and He protected our pets and us. God provided for us through the storm and we did well and were ok.

Thank you Jesus for being with us, protecting us, and loving us. Thank you for the suffering you went through for us because you love us so much. We are not worthy of your grace but You protect us anyway for the love You shown. We love you Jesus and in Your Great Name we give you praise.   AMEN
 
by – Alan Goad –