Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
(1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV))
Do you ever find yourself saying, “Why me, God?”
I know that I do. It is human nature to hate to suffer. We all suffer in various different ways in our earthly, physical lives. All too often we are so caught up in our own sufferings that we miss the true sufferings of others.
No matter how we suffer, we must remember that it is nothing compared to what Jesus suffered in order to save us from our sins. It is through His suffering that we have been made whole.
Too many believers have the wrong impression that because we have accepted Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we should not suffer any more.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))
Are you surprised at your suffering or do you rejoice in the grace that you have been given?