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In the dark? Look for The Son

"Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us
later."
Romans 8:18

That is hard to hold onto when the world abuses us and we feel the weight
of the unfairness crushing the hope out of our souls. Why? Christians
should answer that He, Christ is the Hope of that eternal glory. When I say
hope, I don't mean hope as in there is a chance it might happen, but He is
the hope when it happens.  I can rattle off scripture after scripture that
tells that we pray and be joyful at the trials because it strengthens our
character. But I want to focus on Romans 8:18.

We were not made to suffer one could argue. We were and are made to honor
the King of Kings, God Almighty. We have to remember that He is has not and
will not abandon us. We as a people get so twisted in our self-worth. In
other words, we wallow in our own sorrow and drink our pity because we are
centered on the me part. It's about my pain, my life, my desires, me me me!
That is simply put the problem with so many people. They wonder why
something has happened to them. Let me give you an example. I was once in a
hospital elevator, okay. The door opened and two men walked in the car.
They both were new fathers. The novelty tokens they were carrying gave it
away.

After exchanging hellos, I found out that Dave's son was born with some
defects. Bruce's son was a whooping 7 lbs 8 ounces and healthy. Dave was
happy, but I sensed his concern. It was well placed. Being a father, a new
father is tough enough, but if your precious one is a special needs baby,
it gets rough on you. After Bruce walked out of the elevator, Dave asked
the one word, one syllable question that we all do: Why? Why did God let
one baby be okay while another was not.

I sat with this new father and shared this: The disciples asked Jesus once
about a man. The man was blind as I recall. They asked Christ what sin the
man had to be left blind. Christ answered that the man did not sin. They
asked him what sin the parents had committed. Christ answered again, there
was no sin. So Dave, like Christ's disciples, asked the same question.

Jesus spoke the reason for the blindness: John 9:33 "It was not because of
his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "He was born blind so the
power of God could be seen in him."

That man's illness was used to glorify God's power. Jesus Christ has not
changed since day 1. He has a plan for your son, Dave is what I told him. I
reminded him that God gives us children to raise righteously and to honor
Him. I told Dave to remember that ole so famous verse in Psalms about God
knowing the days of our lives and knowing us before we were born. Is that
not awesome to know we have faith in The Living God, Christ Almighty? He
knew us, our thoughts, and actions, before we were even thought of by our
physical parents.

Despite the troubles, you must keep your heart open to Christ. Our troubles
are known to Christ. He suffered His own share as He was fully man and
fully God.  Know that He is with you always.