Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Sometimes the only way around suffering, is to go straight through it.
Suffering makes us human. Suffering and adversity is certain, and has existed as long as human beings have existed.
Suffer: to experience, undergo, put up with, be subjected to, to be affected by, to endure (something bad or unpleasant)
There are many types of suffering: sickness, disappointment, rejection, grief, and so much more. We suffer physically, emotionally and spiritually: the rain falls of the just and unjust (Mat. 5:45). And since we are going to suffer anyhow, why not suffer with God and for His glory?
God is a present help when He is needed, He strengthens and counsels us through hard times. The things which God allows us to suffer, is for our greater good:
- He wants us to have a deeper intimacy with Him,
- He wants us to have firsthand experience of His love, His grace and His purpose.
- By suffering with God, we learn obedience, submission, surrender and God’s true nature.
Since we are all guaranteed pain, hard times, failure and struggles: wouldn’t you rather do life with God? After all is said and done, the Lord wants to give us rest. He told His disciples, if you’re tired, I’ll give you rest… just take my yoke and burden, and things will be okay for you. His yoke is that by the power of the Spirit within us, be able to walk, talk and look more like Jesus on a dialy basis. The burden we share with the Lord is the weight He carries for souls to be saved, the kingdom of God to expand and for heaven to be here on earth. The burden of God is that the people who claim to love Him so much, would be like Him!
This means that whether we go through hard times or not, we claim to love God so we must therefore rejoice in our sufferings too! Jesus rejoiced when He hung on the cross, because He knew His suffering had a purpose. We too can rejoice in our suffering, becuase God has a purpose. These little troubles are getting us ready, for an eternal glory that will make our troubles seem like nothing (2Cor. 4:17).
Father God, thank you for being the lord of Lords and the King of kings. You are the beginning and the end, you are the first and the last. Today I pray you would open the understanding of your followers to a conviction of who they are in You. May they stand firm in their identity in Christ, and even in the midst of accusation or guilt, may they believe and walk in who you say that they are, and rejoice during the hard times. In Jesus name, Amen.