"Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give
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.
were not made to suffer one could argue. We were and are made to honor
King of Kings, God Almighty. We have to remember that He is has not and
not abandon us. We as a people get so twisted in our self-worth. In
words, we wallow in our own sorrow and drink our pity because we are
on the me part. It's about my pain, my life, my desires, me me me!
simply put the problem with so many people. They wonder why
happened to them. Let me give you an example. I was once in a
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
After exchanging hellos, I found out that Dave's son was born with
defects. Bruce's son was a whooping 7 lbs 8 ounces and healthy. Dave
happy, but I sensed his concern. It was well placed. Being a father, a
father is tough enough, but if your precious one is a special needs
it gets rough on you. After Bruce walked out of the elevator, Dave
the one word, one syllable question that we all do: Why? Why did God
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
That man's illness was used to glorify God's power. Jesus Christ
changed since day 1. He has a plan for your son, Dave is what I told
reminded him that God gives us children to raise righteously and to
Him. I told Dave to remember that ole so famous verse in Psalms about
knowing the days of our lives and knowing us before we were born. Is
not awesome to know we have faith in The Living God, Christ Almighty?
knew us, our thoughts, and actions, before we were even thought of by
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.