Suffering is suffering; pain is pain. Neither are desirable. Yet, commitment to God means the person will escape neither. The enormous war in which Satan attacks God will continuously rage throughout your earthly lifetime. Each time temptation assaults you, you are the battlefield. Committing to Gods values guarantees you Satan will cause you suffering and pain at every opportunity.
He or she who dares to give life to God lives in the tension. The tension pulls us between the attractions, the pleasures, or the promises of physical well-being and the investment of physical existence in Gods values. Understanding the tension is relatively simple. Do we invest in physical existence, or do we invest in eternal existence?
Through suffering and pain God created our Savior. Through suffering and pain God saves us. It should not be surprising that the things which cause Gods rejoicing cause Satans rage. The person daring to live for Gods values dares to enrage Satan.
We should be comforted by understanding this always has been true among Gods people. The first Christians knew the tension. Peter told them three things. (1) Rejoice when you suffer for Gods values. (2) Never have reason to suffer for Satans values. (3) Never be ashamed to suffer for Gods values.
The issue is never, Will I suffer? Our choice is not this: to suffer or not to suffer. As a Christian, our choice is this: With what attitude will I suffer?
The most common statement I hear from Christian sufferers is, It is just not fair! Belonging to God has never been about what is fair. It always has been about grace. Grace saves us, and we are saved to reflect grace.
Hebrews 11:13-16, All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
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