Nearly every morning, I post a Scripture as my facebook status. It can be anything from a verse or two the Lord brings to mind while I’m praying, or a portion of what I read as I read my way through the Bible this year.
I couldn’t decide between two Scriptures to post this morning, and the one I didn’t post still seems very relevant this morning:
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” ~Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)
Is there anything else that really matters in this life? What we see — our circumstances — is temporary. Light and momentary. What we can’t see — the power of his resurrection, and the future glory awaiting us — is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
I weep for so many people – yet rejoice to know that none of them are truly alone. And neither am I.
I rejoice to know that we are joined ever more intimately with our Savior and King through the sufferings we experience in life. We can know, like he knows, that life is not fair. That this world is fallen, and does horrible things to good people. We can know, with him, that a sin-filled world will never feel like home to us, and that it will never be kind to us, no matter how much beauty we find here.
Our sufferings in Christ serve so many purposes, but this morning, the one that impresses most upon me is that they serve to make us unsatisfied with this present Earth. Our sufferings and trials make us long for an eternity future in which every tear will be wiped from our eyes, and in which we will no longer suffer.
Compared to that great, eternal glory, in which we will know as we are known, nothing else can really matter.
May your day be blessed with the comfort and peace of knowing that you do not suffer alone, without purpose, nor without reward. A day is coming when you will truly know joy unbounded in the very presence of the Living God.
In this world you will have trouble, but take heart – Jesus has overcome this world! (John 16:33)
Grace & Peace,