Posted by: SandreS | August 12, 2009

Suffering Is Not Permanent

One thing we know for sure: rest from our sufferings is promised.

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels (II Thessalonians 1:7).

Let us, dear brethren, not murmur and complain about the conditions of our life, but rather learn in “whatsoever state to be content,” and even more, to “… take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake.”

The trial that you now go through will not last forever. Paul calls it a “light affliction, which is but for a moment” (II Corinthians 4:17). It is all so momentary. Never forget that. Paul continues by telling us that it “works for us a far more exceeding and eternal [eonian] weight of glory.

There is an often repeated phrase found in the Bible, in which by way of application we can find great comfort: “it came to pass.” The trial that you now go through did not “come to stay” – no, indeed – “it came to pass.”

Our divinely allotted appointment of suffering is only for a while.

… After that you have suffered awhile (I Peter 5:10).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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  1. Wonderful post,truly enjoyed it!!!!! Thank God our suffering don’t last and indeed it “shall come to past”

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