I have suffered these painful days each month for many, many years, now. I'm used to them...almost am sure they will always be a part of my life, even though I am guaranteed that this phase of my life will soon pass. Many women can relate to the suffering I speak about. I have been to numerous doctors and none have been able to fully help me.
There are some days I wonder what it is all about...
How much more will I have to endure?
What am I to learn from this?
The most well-known book in the Bible that talks about suffering is the book of Job. If you have ever read it, you might have found it less than inspiring, as I did, especially if you read it while experiencing suffering in your own life. This man lost everything in his life and even suffered physical pain. He did come to a point where he even questioned his life on earth. His wife and friends even questioned Job and God's ways.
But God is not in need of the approval of man. (It is only the reader of the book who learns of God's conversations with Satan; Job himself remains unaware of the reason or source of his sufferings.)
Job wrestles, not only with all questions thrown at him by others, but God's rebuke of him questioning his Creator. God demands Job to be brave and to respond to his questions. God’s questions are rhetorical, intending to show how little Job knows about creation and how much power God alone has. (38:1-42:6)
Overwhelmed by the encounter, Job acknowledges God’s unlimited power and admits the limitations of his human knowledge.
In the end of the book, Job is restored to health, gaining double the riches he possessed before and having new children. He lives a long and prosperous life after that.
When good people (those who "fear God and shun evil," 1:1) suffer, the human spirit struggles to understand. Throughout recorded history people have asked: How can this be? If God is almighty and "holds the whole world in his hands" and if he is truly good, how can he allow such an outrage?
"We never know how much real faith we have until it is put to the test in some fierce storm; and that is the reason why the Saviour is on board. If you are ever to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might, your strength will be born in some storm." - Anonymous
"This hard place in which you perhaps find yourself is the very place in which God is giving you opportunity to look only to Him, to spend time in prayer, and to learn long-suffering, gentleness, meekness – in short, to learn the depths of the love that Christ Himself has poured out on all of us." - Elisabeth Elliot
Endurance, faithfulness, steadfastness as you can see are synonymous with perseverance. They all mean that God will test us at times, cause us to use our faith to be strengthened, and that we will go through hard times. However there is a promise for us if we persevere. There is a reward. Not only is the reward in heaven when we get there, but God will learn that He can trust us with the hard things. He can trust us with the important things. He can trust us with the things He holds most dear to His heart.
"It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees."
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith; the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:6-9.
"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18
"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation." Romans 5:3-4
Sharing today all the blessings Christ has shown me and rejoicing in Him alone!!!
at "Multitude on Mondays".
1,301 - Getting some much needed rain.(even though I am getting tired of all this rain!)
1,302 - A relaxing, long walk...taking pictures with my new camera!
1,303 - Being able to visit with my niece in the hospital, even though little "Ellie Joy" was not getting visitors, as she was in the neo-natal unit.(weighed only 4 lbs., 12 oz.)
1,304 - Ellie Joy's health improving slowly each day.
1,305 - Internet/bloggy friends...so many who have written words that encouraged me when I was struggling.
1,306 - Another encouraging sermon (on friendships) at church this Sunday.
1,307 - A warm day, with no rain!
1,308 - Getting closer to finishing remodel work on our upstairs.
1,309 - The Lord reminds me that even though I may be in pain, He will comfort me.
1,310 - Having something sweet for dessert) (pecan pie), after a delicious dinner (Chicken Enchiladas)
1,311 - Seeking God's presence, praying for Him to comfort those who have friends/family who were injured or died in the Boston bombing...again, reminded that He sees and knows all that is happening.
1,312 - Thankful that my family is safe and well.
Also linking over to these blog hops:
Hear It on Sunday/Use It on Monday (Michelle DeRusha)
Weekend Brew (My Freshly Brewed Life)
Soli Deo Gloria Party (Finding Heaven)
Sharing His Beauty (Beauty In His Grip)
Titus2sdays (Time-Warp Wife)
Gratituesday (Heavenly Homemakers)
Winsome Wednesday(My Daily Walk in His Grace)
Wednesday's Word (He Cares for Us)
UNITE (Rich Faith Rising)