Archive for July 17th, 2011


Another way that I have been able to endure the pain of change is to know that even Jesus did not escape the suffering, and He was God’s favorite, so to speak. Hebrews 5:7-10 refers to the suffering that Jesus bore. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest . . ..” So, even Jesus suffered. Isaiah expressed it very well:
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied. (Isaiah 53:10,11a)
The words of Isaiah came true. After the suffering, He saw the light of life and was satisfied. Obviously, acknowledging Jesus’ willingness to suffer helps us swallow this bitter pill.
So, not only do we endure the sufferings sent by God—we offer ourselves to suffering as God calls for it because it says to the world, “I believe and trust that this is a good God with great ability to run the world.” When we endure and allow this outward suffering, others will witness the inside of us being very much alive, beautiful, and valuable. Happiness is something made on the inside of you.
Jesus suffered and voluntarily gave His life because the Father asked this of Him.