“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1b-2
As I write this piece, I pray every word brings you comfort and a realisation that there is a glorious end point for every suffering. Though the enemy will try to keep our minds focus on the bad and the ugly – lack, abandonment, regrets, failure, disappointment and inadequacies; it’s time to apply the heavenly antidote – the word of God.
No one in the entire universe has suffered more than Jesus. He suffered rejection, people told malicious lies about him, slandered him; he suffered the traitors kiss from a close friend, the envy of religious people and their leaders, and he suffered the torment of Calvary.
Jesus went to the cross with the full knowledge of the ultimate outcome – setting captives free, His reserved seat at the right hand of God the Father and making His enemies a footstool – what joy. And for this joy set before Him, Jesus persevered and took on the shame of the cross.
A man of wisdom once said, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning,and patience is better than pride” Ecclesiastes 7:8. The start may seem rocky and messy, but with patience and humility the journey leads to a better ending. Whose report would you believe? Believe the report of the Lord. For every suffering there is a beautiful endpoint. No condition on earth is permanent. The ragging storm today is the clear sky tomorrow. The disappointment today is the opportunity you have been waiting for. In faith, embrace your season of challenge knowing the Lord will keep his appointment and promises to you.
Is your challenge finance – the Lord will supply every need according to His riches in glory. Is it healing – by His stripes you have been made well. Is it childlessness – for every season under the sun there is an appointed time. Persevere and wait on the Lord.
Blessed be suffering. Blessed be God!
The Lord distributes both life and light to every one of His children. Job asked a question about this, “why is light given to those in misery and life to the bitter of soul” – Job 3:20. Job got his answer. Will you spend time with Jesus to receive you own personal Rhema (utterance) and answers to your own questions?
Remember our Lord is compassionate and merciful; He desires that all mankind is saved from misery, darkness and bitterness. Jesus is the greatest light house known to mankind; he is ready to immerse us in His light forever.