Each of us is going through our own special suffering. It may be an illness, death of a spouse or child, or loss of a job or home. Suffering blasts at us daily from the news. Floods, school shootings, and top the news each evening. Do we like it? No, if we could we would avoid it at all costs. As we watch the suffering, we can moan and groan, why me or we can pray and find a solution. Most of us will complain for little while and then realize the problem isn’t resolving without leaning on God’s strength and using ours.
We are God’s heirs and co-heirs with Christ and are destined to share his sufferings. We can, however, derive a new strength, if we can see through our pain to Christ. When we understand we are being prepared for something greater, we can see past the suffering. Trying to understand can be a stumbling block or a great comfort. Acceptance is needed on our part, leaning on God’s guidance and then doing what we can to help resolve the issue. We are God’s children and are guaranteed his love and inheritance. Any suffering is now a prelude for a glorious future either in this life or the next.
Lord, with your guidance help us to accept our suffering and work through our anger. We are assured of something greater, but have to find a way through our problems today to get to you. We are your children before we become your heirs and we will look continually for your guidance and love. Help us to make it through our suffering in order to share in your glory.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7 NIV
Having the freedom to worship and thank God for all the goodness he has bestowed on us is why our country was founded. God should be our strength and shield and thanked each and every day. Our hearts should trust and be helped by his guidance, when we pray. Quick put up the Thanksgiving decorations. It won’t be long before the day of thanks is gone. Our thankfulness, however, should show every day.
Every time I play my favorite spiritual music, my heart leaps for joy. God’s goodness flows through me as I give Him thanks in song. It might be a little off tune, but he gave me my voice, so I give him thanks with it. Joy and happiness are mine, no matter how bad my life or life around me may seem to be. I am immediately lifted up by God’s strength. Try it the next few weeks, as we prepare for our Thanksgiving celebrations. Let it become a lifelong habit. You will bring joy to God’s heart, just as he brings joy to yours.