Suffering

Entrusting your soul

“And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.” (1 Peter 4:18-19 NASB)

We are all suffering in some way. Suffering has become more noticeable of late. Fear of death, loss of idols and diminished physical freedoms have led to universal sufferings among the heathen. Saints are being tried and refined in these circumstances that are beyond our control. To one I would say. “Repent and Believe.” To the other I would say, “Toughen-up!” We can endure all things for our Lord when we believe we are living in His will for us.

There are saints who are suffering unto death from disease, famine and persecution. A widow’s trial may come when food for her children requires conversion to another faith. Now that there has been weeks of no work, the poor in Pakistan are crying out to heaven for their daily bread. Remember Christ teaching us how to pray? Is this lockdown for us more than an inconvenience, something hard to adjust to? I hope so. If there is going to be suffering in our lives may it be for the sake of the gospel.

“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,” (2 Timothy 1:8 NASB)
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