A Devotional I wrote for the release of Burning Sky
|Blue Ridge Mountains, photo by Mary Ann Baker, Flickr Commons|
Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress. Psalm 4:1 KJV
There are many promises for the believer given by God in the scriptures, but there’s one promise we’re often hesitant to claim, or even acknowledge as part and parcel of our fellowship with Jesus Christ. It’s the promise of suffering.
Which of us, left to ourselves, would choose suffering over joy? And yet when suffering comes, haven’t we experienced God’s grace in its midst?
For there is also a promise in suffering. The loss of a dream, a loved one, a job, good health or independence, all these temporal experiences for the believer bring about eternal gain—in a realization of the need for Christ’s sustaining strength, for His peace that is deeper than our understanding, and for the sweetness of intimacy in our trust in and fellowship with Him, tested through the fires of disappointment, setback, or grief.
|by Becky, Flickr Commons|
Through that work of enlarging—and comforting—we’re prepared for the greater works and blessings God has in store for us, either in this life or eternally. Those blessings may look different than what we once dreamed, but in the end they will bring a greater fulfillment than anything we might have imagined for ourselves from our smaller and more self-absorbed perspective.