Day 30 – A Blessing of Suffering
On: November 30, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us – Romans 8:18

“The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.'” [Luke 2:33-35]

As we know with the benefit of hindsight, Jesus’ life was to be as troublesome as it was comforting, as divisive as it was unifying, as painful as it was glorious. And it would be likewise for those who would travel with Him. For His mother Mary, at the same time as she was marvelling at the things being spoken over her child, Simeon reveals that she will know great suffering on His account. If we follow in the footsteps of the King, we, likewise, will know trials and difficulties. To seek to avoid them will be to leave the path He would lead us down. God will indeed bless our lives, as Simeon did Mary. But this blessing will include suffering: as it did for Mary; as it did for Jesus.

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The Cross of Christ is not a logo or a trinket. It is a way of life that accepts suffering as an integral part of being in a fallen world. That’s what we would do well to recall every time we see a cross sitting atop a church.

Prayer:

Father God, we all prefer times of ease and success to trial and suffering. Strengthen us for the latter during the former. Empower us to accept both as they come in their season. Open the eyes of those around us to note our response and to wonder what it is that enables us. May the answer be clear: we follow in the footsteps of the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen.

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