November 4, 2007

A Post for the Lord's Day

Recently, Randy penned a very good article in regard to the suffering that takes place all around the world, every day, all the time, by all people—young and old. Suffering is common, and I have been no exception to the facts that surround our fallen race. (I’m sure my readers can relate.) My life here on planet earth is scarred by suffering—some of it my own fault, some of it not. Some of it I have born alone. But when Jesus Christ became my Saviour, the pain of suffering was no longer private. It became a burden He shared and gladly takes upon His own shoulders on a regular basis. He encourages me to cast all my care upon him; for he cares for me—I Peter 5:7. He assures me that the things which may happen to me in this life have been allowed only for my good “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 The trials and temptations faced here below afford me the opportunity not only to mature in the faith, but to lay up treasure in heaven as I seek to glorify Him with my life through the trials He allows.

My Lord Jesus regularly encourages me through His Word and bids me rest assured that this is not the only life! There is hope. Hope for a bright future without pain and suffering, without sin. There’s a future where His children will be with Him—forever! Oh how I long for the precious promise of His return! But has our Lord left us hopeless while living here below? Must we only dream of His return and have no hope for the now? Matthew 28:20 has an encouraging answer, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” To know that Christ is with me now— walking with me, talking with me, and sharing my joys and heartaches—gives me hope! “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23. He knows! The One Who suffered beyond my understanding, understands my suffering. His mercy and compassion will never fail. They are fresh, waiting to be bestowed upon me each and every morning while I linger here below. And all is well—even in the midst of suffering.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Mary~

Praise the Lord for His abundant grace and faithfulness.
Thank you for sharing your encouragements, that we all who read may be encouraged.

Love in Christ, Kathleen