I’ve decided to share something my wife wrote on her Facebook page about dealing with chronic pain, it is short but really speaks volumes. Here it is…
“I have chronic pain but I am thankful that I am finally at a place in my life that I can understand what having this pain truly means. And I also realize that there are many others who suffer more than me and that He endured the ultimate suffering on my behalf. Do I want the pain? No. But I’m okay with it because I know it won’t last forever.”
She also supplied some Bible verses from Romans to go along with what she said…
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
As Christians we can let go of doubt, fear, anxiety. We can let go of pain, anguish, hatred. We can let go of unforgiveness and unbelief.
But how about we let go of more?
Let go of anything that keeps you from the narrow path, the path to God, anything that leads to sin and even temptation.
Let go of your ideals, turn away from your political opinions, your nationalism and person feelings and go to God’s word to see His ideals.
Don’t ignore what God’s word says just because it makes you uncomfortable or goes against what you have been taught or thought.
Let go of your comfort and preset ideas.
Let go of anything that keeps you from a Christ centered life. Be a Christian first, your characteristics should be based on your Christianity, your Christianity shouldn’t be one of your characteristics.
Let go and follow God and His Word.
You will become a good father or mother, a good husband or wife, a good brother, sister, friend or neighbor. Not because you’re good but because God is good.
So let go of everything that’s holding you back from God and grip tight to the Lord.
You may be thinking how difficult that is and you’re right it is hard and we all fall short but remember when we do God still loves us.
Romans 8:35-39: “35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So do you receive anything when you let go of all these things?
You receive joy, forgiveness, peace, love and in truth you receive everything!
Because without God you have nothing with Him you have everything!
For this week I am going to post a response I had to an atheist recently who told me that if there was a God then He didn’t care about us and allowed us to suffer.
Here it is…
“You’re missing the point. Read the beginning of the Bible. Humans sinned which caused the world to suffer. The Bible says the “wages of sin is death.”* It also says, “Satan is the god of this world”**. This is due to the curse humanity is under because of sin. Despite this God breaks the curse through Jesus, one of many times throughout the Bible and history God has bailed out the human race.
But it is never good enough. Again read the Bible for reference, despite every time He did help or intervene the majority of the Israelite’s rebelled or complained again and again. In history and day to day life it is no different.
I will admit that I do this. I have prayed and seen answered prayers but did that stop me from complaining to God later? Of course not.
We as humans continue to sin, allow others to suffer, we literally have weapons that could destroy the Earth in a day. We do the opposite of what God wants consistently, over and over. Claim we are good but in reality we all live in some form of comfort while others die on the street, then we ask God, “why do you allow people to suffer?”
Some day He will ask us, “why did you?”
Look at who we truly are as a people, looked at how we handle things, what we do under our own free will. Look at the World.
I chose to praise God for intervening ever. The fact despite our deep flaws He gives us a path to Heaven at all is gracious.
And can we really argue with the creator of the universe that He isn’t doing a good enough job? That is filled with pride and it is silly to argue with Him when we as humans are in charge of the Earth and continue to make such flawed decisions.
As far as suffering goes, look at Jesus. He was born poor, doubted by friends, families and neighbors. He continued to live poor, constantly on the run from enemies, dedicated His life to helping others, so one of His best friend could betray Him for a very small sum of money. He then was brutally beaten and killed in public, so we can all be saved. He did this willingly, suffering while helping others.
Could you honestly stand before Him as a flawed human being and say, “Why didn’t you make everything perfect for me and others?”
Sad thing is He promises to but many can’t wait and endure a small amount of what He went through.”
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get through to this person but I pray that he allows God in his heart.
But maybe my response will help you who are reading this.