Suffering is an Unpopular Subject. Few are willing to hear messages about suffering, UNLESS the talk about suffering includes how to avoid suffering for the rest of your life!
Almost every believer has asked this question: If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why do Christians still suffer? And if they are faithfully serving God, why do they still suffer at times? This question is so significant that the answer often determines whether someone will become or REMAIN a believer in Christ and God or not…
12 Dear friends, don’t regard as strange the fiery ordeal occurring among you to test you, as if something extraordinary were happening to you. 13 Rather, to the extent that you share the fellowship of the Messiah’s sufferings, rejoice; so that you will rejoice even more when his Sh’khinah is revealed. 14 If you are being insulted because you bear the name of the Messiah, how blessed you are! For the Spirit of the Sh’khinah, that is, the Spirit of God, is resting on you! 15 Let none of you suffer for being a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or a meddler in other people’s affairs. 16 But if anyone suffers for being Messianic, let him not be ashamed; but let him bring glory to God by the way he bears this name. 17 For the time has come for the judgment to begin. It begins with the household of God; and if it starts with us, what will the outcome be for those who are disobeying God’s Good News?-
18 “If the righteous is barely delivered,
where will the ungodly and sinful end up?”
19 So let those who are suffering according to God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator by continuing to do what is good
(1 Peter 4:12-19 CJB)
We can all agree:
Salvation is more pleasant than suffering – Does that seem like a duhhhhhhh statement….?
Heaven is more pleasant than heartache – Again, seems like a Duhhhhhh statement right? But, the fact of the matter is this…. People do not realize that the statement, “Heaven is more pleasant than heartache…” it is a whole lot more important than people realize, but so much more difficult to truly grasp than anyone seems to live!
But Suffering is a Real Part of a REAL Life… The Storms are real…
Every hospital we pass reminds us that suffering is real, I can tell you first hand… Hospitals SCREAM suffering. Speaking of screaming… We have many friends and family in hospitals right now… Diane, Carson, Chris, Eric, Don…. All too often and far too many more… We’ve been there too many times!
Screaming sirens each night scream through the silence of the quiet dark night that suffering is indeed real.
Not only physical but mental anguish – Hurts Habits and Hangups are not often physical, but physical pains, especially the chronic pains can really eat away at our positivity… Our hope erodes with each new day of unending pain… Our remembrance of God fades as there comes no relief…
If you forget about the storms fury in your life… Don’t worry, the storm will remind you…
What about Ann Landers and her success? Why do you think she was so successful? – Why were Ann Landers and Dear Abby so successful?
Why are there so many suicide hotlines and suicide prevention organizations?
I have the answers on these and many other penetrating questions on suffering on Sunday, at 5:30pm EDT. Check back here for more information! If you are in the Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland area, come join us!
Dr. Shawn, The Ninja Pastor!®