Psalm 119:50 My comfort in my SUFFERING is this. Your promises preserves my life.
Dictionary definition of SUFFER—Experience or be subjected to something bad or unpleasant.
SUFFER—Oh boy, who hates to SUFFER? This is something I’m sure none of us volunteer for, and yet, there seems to be plenty of it to go around and around for all of us. Most of us have, at one time or another, experienced something bad or unpleasant, such as sickness, loss, failure, betrayal, not anyone goes unscathed. Trouble finds us no matter how careful we try to be. John 16:33 Jesus says, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart. I have overcome the world.” This scripture feels like little comfort to us when everything seems to be falling apart all around us, when we feel smothered by trials and challenges hitting us all at one time from all sides. Perhaps one trial at a time we could handle, but not multiples. That’s when we finally realize without God we can do nothing.
Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Isn’t it interesting how this ancient scripture covers so many of the trials we face even today? In John 16:33 JESUS offered us His peace, letting us know that when we face trouble, while believing He has overcome the world, we will prevail. This world can be a cold, harsh place, but it is up to us to remember JESUS has overcome it all. And who are we in JESUS? We are His brother or sister, that’s who!
In James 1:2-4 we are told, “Count it all joy brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Be joyful in our trials, really? This is a hard concept to obey, but Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” It was never God’s intent for us to SUFFER. Remember Adam and Eve were meant to have a perfect life until—- God is not the source of our SUFFERING. The devil, our sin nature, and the world around us is the source. And so at times we wonder, “Where is God?” In Psalm 34:19 we are told, “ The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”
Many people are misinformed. They think that those who believe in God receive a free-pass from trouble, which is not true. We live in a fallen world. Our peace comes from the Lord, not the world. 1 John 4:4 “The Spirit that lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” We can always fall back on God’s promise that He is greater than the greatest evil. God always wins! ALWAYS! No matter how bad things may get, no matter how evil or frightening, remember to always turn to God. He is the source of all good things. Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you, when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego Daniel 3:19-23 were literally thrown into the fiery furnace, BUT— they not only survived, but had a heavenly messenger come out with them, and had a better life after than they had before the fire. There is a lot to think about in this scripture! We too, have our high waters and fires to go through, but never alone. God, not only helps us through them, but if we let Him, our lives will be better for it. He is the maker of everything good. Thank You for the peace You offer, that You will never leave or forsake us, and for Your deliverance from our troubles. No matter how hard things get, with You all things are possible. Help us to remember this important truth. Praise Your Holy Name.