“Dear friends, Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering; as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice, that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His Glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)
Finding the words to write today, were difficult. This is such a powerful verse, yet despite my enthusiasm, the pain that I am in today, has caused me to be unfocused. I want to share and encourage, but my best efforts today may not be enough to encourage someone else who is in pain. There are days when I feel so alone in my suffering!
Do you ever have days like this?
The depth of the trials we face can seem so self-involving that to try to attempt to do anything else, other than suffer, seems out of the question.
As you read this verse today, it may appear as though we are to be happy about the painful circumstances we endure. Sometimes words can appear to be so strong that it almost appears judgmental.
One may wonder, “How can God expect me to rejoice, when I hurt so bad?”
When I read 1 Peter 4:12-13 today, I felt that perhaps the emphasis on this verse should be placed on the glory to come. It has always been and will continue to be, that human beings suffer. This verse reminds us today, that our time on this earth (suffering as we do) is a mere speck on the time-line of eternity.
Christ suffered, so that when we turned to Him, we can know He understands how we feel. I look today at this verse as an encouragement to endure and carry-on. When all is said and done, We will rejoice someday in the glory of the Lord, because pain and death, will be defeated. In the meantime, try to draw strength from this, dear-loved one; You are not alone, for you are so loved. Hold on to hope! Victory will come!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the victory and glory to come as we ask for the strength to endure. We know it is through you we gain our strength and when we cannot rejoice through the pain, we find you holding us in your arms, cradling us through our loneliness, comforting us through the pain. Thank you, Lord, for your Comfort! Amen.
About the Author:
Deborah Farmer is a part-time writer and small business owner who suffers daily (as you do) with these earthly afflictions. She seeks prayer and solace from God’s word, to help her endure in the trials that she faces.
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Do you have days when you feel you have lost your joy because the pain is so overwhelming? How do you find the strength to get through those days?