DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT 21ST MAY 2020

Hebrews 2:10 ”For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.”

In our western Christian mind set we often equate suffering with Gods displeasure and rejection, yet Hebrews 2:10 clearly shows this to not always be the case. Jesus had Gods full approval. He was without sin and at Jesus’ baptism God the Father speaks His pleasure over Jesus. “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” Mathew 3:17. Despite Gods unreserved approval of Jesus we also read that He “was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief”, Isaiah 53:3. Jesus, Gods beloved Son was Despised, rejected, a man of sorrow and, acquainted with deepest grief. He was most definitely a suffering servant.

Often things in our lives do not go according to OUR plans. When this happens we can start wondering all kinds of things. Does God love me? Has God removed His hand of blessing from my
life? Have I committed some grievous sin that I am not aware of? It is definitely important to examine our own life to see if our suffering is self-inflicted. But if our consciences are clear before God it is essential for us to understand that suffering is part of our maturing process. In fact in Phil 3:10 Paul writes, “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Paul actually desired to share in the suffering of Christ. My own attitude to suffering is something that I have been thinking about a lot lately. Often as Christians we do everything we can to avoid suffering and yet it was the way of Jesus, the way of the cross and something that Paul looked to embrace. What is our attitude towards suffering?

Andrew