Posted by: SandreS | July 23, 2009

Do Not Waste Your Sufferings!

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (II Corinthians 4:17).

Divine glory transcends all human suffering. In the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, trials are exceedingly valuable. Please, do not waste your sufferings! Don’t be so foolish as to squander their worth. Rather, endure all of them “with Him,” and in due process He will transform them into “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Faith takes hold of such a rich bounty, and transforms the sufferer! Little wonder Paul wrote,

… We glory in tribulations … (Romans 5:3).

… In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us (Romans 8:37).

… Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (II Corinthians 12:9).

Never forget the divine leverage upon sufferings. Remember that our sufferings are not even worthy to be compared with the resulting glory that will be revealed in us – the glory that transcends!

… The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).

Don’t waste your sufferings by going through them alone. Rather, go through them “with Him.” Recognize Him in every situation, and in so doing, the least to the greatest of your trials will be, in the divine due-process, gloriously transformed into “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Allow the transforming power of Christ to rest upon your life. It will transform the spirit of frustration, fretting, worry, sadness and complaint into the spirit of satisfaction, contentment, faith, joy and thanksgiving.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (I Thessalonians 5:18).

Imagine that! Giving thanks “in every thing;” having a grateful heart of gratitude in every situation, in every trial. This is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you!” Why should it not be, when we see and understand God’s great transcendent plan for suffering?

Wait! There’s more. The divine life is beyond giving thanks “in every thing.” God’s work in our hearts and lives moves us on to be able to actually give thanks “for all things.” It is one thing to give thanks “in every thing,” and quite another to give thanks “for all things.” Hear Paul’s words:

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20).

Herein lies faith’s life of joy and peace.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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