I dedicate this piece to my children who have suffered more than enough,
to my mother in law who has suffered more than enough and to all of those who
are dear to my heart or those who I pray for daily that I do not even know, who
suffer more than enough. The story
is based on a few words of inspiration spoken to me by my dear friend in Christ
when I was in the midst of facing the most horrific trial of my life.
He helped me to stand strong and steadfast, to trust unconditionally and
to always be faithful no matter what I was facing then or what I would face in
times to come. Thank you Steve and
One might ask the question of Christians who face suffering of strife,
“How can your suffering be so deep and yet your faith never falters?”
This is a question of many who suffer greatly but have not the faith to
The word tells us of a holy and faithful man named Job.
This is truly a story of what happens when bad things happen to good
people. The story shows us the life
of an innocent man involved in a cosmic test, a contest proposed in heaven but
staged on earth. Satan challenged
God using the most faithful man on earth to suffer the worst of trials.
Satan truly felt that if he put this man through the worst of sufferings
that surely Job would turn his back on God.
But no matter how great the suffering Jobs faith did not falter, he
continued to trust God even though his world kept falling apart.
His friends mocked him, his wife even asked him why he was still holding
onto his integrity. She felt that
Job should just curse God and die (2:9). This
man was a man of true faith and belief in a loving and fair God.
And although terrifying, confusing and at times horrifying, Job continued
to P.U.S.H. forward.
It happens to the best of us from the non-believer to the believer of
even the strongest faith. Our world
is terrific one minute and the next our world comes crashing down before our
very eyes leaving us confused and scared. Nothing
that once made sense is comprehensible. God
seems distant and silent.
For the believer, no matter the amount of suffering, we accept the good
and the bad. We know that although at times our suffering may be great,
God will not give us more than we can handle.
He loves us and does not want our suffering to be great.
And although we ask the question then of why would he allow us to suffer
if he does not want to hurt us we need to remember that the Lord loves us so
very much and he wants only for us to trust and believe in him, to turn our
hearts and minds on him and to ask him to come into our lives loving and
We read in James 5:11 “Blessed are those who have persevered” and are
reminded that we should be inspired not by the accounts of Jobs suffering but by
his example of endurance through each trial that he faced.
We must remember too that no mater what we face we should praise God,
because he will give us restoration and deliverance.
We are to rejoice that we participate in the sufferings of Christ, so
that we may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (1Peter4:12)
When a Christian bears suffering he begins to feel inadequate about
him/herself. One feels that their suffering is due in part to something
that they did wrong in the eyes of God and are being punished for it.
We all feel this way when our suffering seems long and never ending.
We ask “What have I done God that I am being punished for? What are you trying to show me Lord?”
It is quite often felt that God is trying to
teach each of us a lesson or show us something through our suffering.
Yes, God does try to impart instruction in our lives but this does not
mean that he has brought difficulty on us in order that we be punished.
God is in control of the intensity and time of our trials.
He uses our trials and sufferings for a specific purpose. Our
trials are designed to meet a certain need that God sees in our life.
If we respond in faith these trials and sufferings will prove to be for
our good and ultimately will strengthen our faith.
Our trials provide an opportunity for God to demonstrate his power to
sustain us under great pressure. It
is the process of creating and developing Christ like characteristics in each of
us. These trials also provide each
of us an opportunity to measure our spiritual growth.
Through times of suffering and trial we need to remember that God will
walk us through every single step. Often
when in the midst of my trials and suffering I go to the picture on the wall of
my bedroom. I find on that picture
a beautiful scene on the beach with footprints in the sand.
When my suffering, pain and strife is more than I think I can handle I
read the lines...”God, you said you’d stay by me in good times and bad. Why
then did you leave me each time my life was sad?”... “My precious child,”
God answered, “When your life had pain, I knew; the single set of footprints
were the times I carried you.” It
is then that I am able to regain the strength to push forward.
Christ told us in Hebrews 13:5 that he would never leave us or forsake
us. He loves us so much and if we
would only lay it at his feet without worry and strife he will help us to
overcome. Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8.
It is by his grace and enabling power of the Holy Spirit that we will be
God does not want us to be devastated by any trial because he is in
control! As Twila Paris sings “There is no power above or beside
him, God is in control” 1
Peter 5 tells us to cast all of our anxieties upon him because he cares for us.
He loves us and wants us to stand firm in our faith and trust in him with
all of our hearts for he is the truth, the way and the light.
We ask ourselves then what the reason for our pain is, what is the
purpose and how are we to respond? Simply
spoken, the Lord wants us to cast our cares upon him because he loves us so
much. He wants us to trust him in
every aspect of our life standing firm in our faith.
The bible tells us to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not
unto your own understanding, We are
not to let our hearts be troubled, but simply to trust.
He loves you and bore your pain on the cross on the day that he suffered
for our sake that we may be given new life.
Once again I reflect on Job.
God allowed Satan to try Job by instilling many trials and sufferings in
his life. Satan specifically asked Gods permission to attack Job.
God allowed this, but warned Satan that Jobs life must be spared.
He allowed Satan to inflict pain and suffering but he would not allow
more than Job could handle.
This stands true for each of our lives.
The Lord wants us to need him. He
wants us to learn to trust him instead of trusting and relying on our selves.
Instead of relying on the things of the earth the Lord wants us to become
totally dependent on him, to allow him to intervene in our lives that we might
be more like Christ. As Christians
we tend to only be dependent on the Lord when we need things.
We feel that we can take care of ourselves.
My friends, this is not the way our Lord wants us to live!
Ask yourself these few simple questions, “Do I stray and wonder?” or
“Do I lay it at the Lords feet and ask him to take it from me?”
Thought about we find that we often do stray and wonder.
We think that we can take on the world and handle anything, that is until
we are faced with pain and devastation. And
then we fall on our knees asking the Lord why this has happened to us and why
has he seemed to disappear from our lives. My friends, the Lord has not hidden himself away from us.
He wants us to go to him, to ask him into our hearts and ask him to take
our troubles and burdens away from us. We
just need to ask!
The trials and sufferings we face are given to us as a grim reminder that
we must depend on him. He will give
us problems that we cannot solve or needs that we cannot meet for this very
reason. The Lord desires the very
best for us and at times changes the circumstances in our lives.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but no matter the intensity of
our pain and strife, we cannot give up even while in the most difficult times of
our life. Instead of relying on our
own feelings in times of trial and suffering, we must remember to trust our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ.
One of my most favorite Ann Murray songs begins as
“When you’re down and troubled and you need some love and care and
nothin’, nothin’ is goin’ right. Close
your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your
darkest night.” ... The Lord want
us to call out his name and trust that he will be there.
He is always here for us and wants nothing more than to take our burdens
and afflictions away from us, if only we would remember to ask. Call his name out loud!
He, my friends, is the one
friend that you hope for your entire life and the one friend who you will always
be greatful for in your life. He is
your friend and he is there just waiting. Stop
relying on your own feelings in times of trial and always remember who we can
The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 23 that we must go through the valleys of
death. It is during transition that we are transformed.
God will purposefully not allow anything to satisfy us until we seek
transformation from him. He wants to restore our lives, to make us whole and new.
We must remember that the Lord may allow Satan to cause the trials and
sufferings that are happening in your life, but he can never get into your
spirit. Jesus beat Satan with his
word and did not rely on his feelings and wants when he was tempted in Matthew
4:1-11. We as
Christian believers should also not allow ourselves to rely on our
feelings as they are our number one enemy!
Job was given the choice to either hurt or to trust.
Through the deepest of trials he chose to trust.
It didn’t seem right or fair that he had to suffer so deeply.
It doesn’t seem fair for us today to have to suffer and endure pain.
It isn’t fair for our loved ones to have to suffer.
But no matter what hardships we face, what hurt we feel or how deep our
suffering is, we must trust our Lord. We
must give it to him, lay it at his feet and allow his mighty works to be done in
We need to P.U.S.H. forward with a confident heart.
Pray Until Something Happens and in times of suffering give God the
praise and glory. God has a
wonderful plan for each of our lives and with each passing day he takes us a
little closer to a much better place than where we came from.
God promises us his infinite love no matter where we are at in our lives.
He will not leave you or forsake you.
Pray Until Something Happens knowing where you are headed, but always
remembering how far you have come.
Just P.U.S.H. and if you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in
prayer. (Matthew 21:22).
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