Disobedience brought pain into the world.
Against all the alternatives that we could have come
up with, God chose to save the world by suffering.
Nobody likes suffering and pain.
No wonder that the prosperity theology that is promoted
by most of the television preachers continues to be so popular.
Unfortunately most of them teach just self-improvement
methods that encourage selfish materialism.
Everything is wrapped up with a superficial niceness where
Christian faith is considered as just another way to gain
something for ourselves.
I don’t think that Paul’s message in I Tim.6:7-10 would
pass the censorship of these channels.
Pain cannot be avoided. It can be wasted or redeemed.
It’s a tragedy when we suffer because of our own mistakes.
It’s a challenge to our spirituality when we suffer
from other people’s faults.
It’s an honor when we suffer for righteousness’ sake.
It’s a special call when are led to a place of suffering
with no definition of it’s reason or duration.
Don’t let the little inconveniences and pain of life
slow down your commitment to follow him.
Draw near the body of Christ when it hurts.
Growth seldom happens without pain.
“Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God
commit their souls to Him in doing good,
as to a faithful Creator.” I Pet.4:19