This Month's Promise

“..whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

- Mark 11: 24


Read: II Corinthians 4:8-9, 16-18


AFFLICTIONS TEACH US VALUABLE LESSONS


“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (Psalm 119:71)


Pain and its companions-affliction, suffering, hardship and adversity-are often seen as the invading enemies of life. We tend to think life should be fair and straightforward so when our comfort zone is disturbed we feel angry. Yet according to the Bible pain is a necessary part of life. There is a struggle involved in trying to accept the pain that God allows while at the same time fighting to overcome it. But we can find real help in our struggle when we learn to seek help from God’s perspective. God’s word reveals that suffering is both inevitable and essential. Paul tells in Philippians 1:29 “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for him”. Some Christians say that if we have enough faith in God we will not suffer. But Paul says suffering walks hand in hand with faith in Christ. :We must go through many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. (Acts 14:22) Because suffering so often takes us off guard, Peter advises “Dear friends do not be surprised at the painful trials you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. (1Peter 4: 12, 13). A soldier is not surprised by hardship or enemy attacks, neither should we think it strange when Christ’s enemies revile us. Instead we can rejoice that our Captain finds us worthy to suffer along with Him. Suffering is not only inevitable it is essential too. In fact afflictions teach us lessons about God, which we would never learn otherwise. They also slow us down and sensitize us to God. Ecc 7:13-14. Afflictions makes us to carefully examine ourselves where we have gone wrong. They reveal the truth about the nature of ourselves and of God.


Dear friends, Philp Yancey says that pain is the gift that nobody wants, yet it is the gift everybody must open in order to grow. When it lands in our door step, let us not be afraid to unwrap it, for it contains never to be forgotten lessons about life.




PRAYER: Heavenly Father, when I undergo suffering, hardship and afflictions let me not have any resentment toward you or any person, let me not be indifferent to your Word but let me consider pain as an inevitable to make me grow more closer to you and understand your power. Amen.