Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Game Plan For Suffering?

Snow and More snow! 

And it seems to stretch forever!

     In the study The Hand Of God by Alistair Begg, he talks about a game plan for suffering. He says, "But if, indeed, trouble in the form of unjust suffering is sure to come our way-and Jesus says it will (John 16:33)-then we needn't be taken aback by it., Instead, we need to know how to handle it when it comes."
     He continues by saying, "How did we arrive at the conclusion that following Christ is a walk in the park? Certainly not from Jesus, because he guarantees just the opposite. John 16:33, "In this world you will have troubles." Someone has said that Christians are going to be the Jews of the twenty-first century-mistreated, persecuted, and not tolerated. It is not difficult to envisage how that might happen.
     I was able to relate to Alistair Begg when he says, "Don't quit when you suffer".  The last four years with turning sixty, surgeries, being car-jacked and dealing with post traumatic stress.  There have been so many times I wanted to throw in the towel and quit trying to work with Sunday School, or continue on with dreams and not shut completely off from family. I haven't been able to put into words 
in dealing with this struggle, but Alistair Begg emphasized it well, "You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood", Heb 12:4, the way Jesus did. You haven't died yet.  The write of Hebrews says, "So don't give up."
     Out of this study I learned, have a game plan and stick with it. Wherever God plants me, that's where I need to "do the right thing". Act like the glass is half full, do the right thing joyfully and with praise. Wonder if it would help to sit down at the end of each day and list all the "good" that happened to me that day?

1 comment:

Rachel Cotterill said...

I read something yesterday that said "What's the point of being unhappy about something if you can change it instead? And what's the point being unhappy about something you can't change?" which I thought summed it up nicely :)