This past week I spoke to our church on the topic of suffering.
Exciting right? :)
The thing is, we all go through seasons that are confusing, that are difficult, that we don't agree with, that feel impossible. Those moments where in the middle of the darkness you wonder, "God do you even see what is going on?" or "God do you care?"
The thing is that it’s not a matter of IF we will go through challenging times, but HOW we will go through challenging times. [Tweet this]
A couple verses in the NT stick out on the topic.
Hebrews 2.18 - Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
1 Peter 2.22 - to this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
If Christ is not beyond suffering, than certainly I’m not.
So how did Jesus handle suffering and what can we learn about how to go through it well?
The question isn't IF we will go through suffering. (That is out of our control.)
The question is HOW we will go through suffering. (And that is 100% up to you!)
So if it is inevitable that we are going to go through difficult times how can we go through it well? What would Jesus say about that?
There is a way to go through times of suffering where you come out bitter, angry, resentful and distant from God.
But there is also a way of going through times of suffering where you come out stronger, better, humble, peaceful and closer to God.
Not only this, but there is a way to come out in a position to be used by God.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be the latter.
You may say, let’s talk about this another day. Life is good for me right now.
The problem is that when you are in the thick of it, it gets foggy real quick. It gets messy real quick. It gets confusing real quick. And in those moments, you’re not thinking about coming out of it well. You just want it to stop.
Now is the time to think about the kind of person you want to be on the other side of this thing. The kind of person God desires you to be. The kind of person your kids, your spouse, your friends need you to be. And determine to not just get through it, but allow God to use it.
So if it is inevitable that we are going to go through difficult times we might as well go through it well. But how?
Watch this video to find out.
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