As I wrote about in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
Does this mean that all things are good? No. It does not mean that.
After all, not even God could say that being hurt by others, physically or emotionally is easy. God told us in 1 Peter 4:12, "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:"
By this we know that God understands that we suffer enduring trials in our life.
The good news is that He continued on in 1 Peter 4:13 telling us, "But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
God knows we suffer. He knows that His plan for each of us, may mean living lives filled with pain, suffering and sorrow. Like mine has been, so far.
Even though life has been difficult for me at times, I still manage to rejoice, being full of joy, even in the darkest times.
It may not sound like that sometimes, but it is true. I feel this way, because no matter how hard life is for me, and no matter what trial I may be enduring, I know that God loves me.
Ultimately, this means more to me, than anything else ever could. Knowing that my Saviour, my Lord, Jesus Christ loves me and knowing my name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life, what more could I ask?
We are all sinners, saved by grace (alone), through faith (alone), in Christ (alone). Nothing more; nothing less. We may suffer here on earth, but so did our Saviour. He told us we can overcome, because He did.
The reality of life is this: compared to eternity (forever, and ever, and ever, and ever...), our lives are very short. What happens here may affect us on an interim basis and may make us feel lost, forgotten or unloved, but the reality is, where we go later to spend eternity, is the most important aspect of our lives.
Who could not be happy about spending eternity with God?
I am happy in this regard, for I know that when that time comes that God calls me home, not only do I know where I'm going, but I know that there will be no more pain, suffering and sorrow. All pain will be gone. And, I'll be celebrating, throwing my crown at Jesus' feet, praising Him, always.
Who could ask for more?
Until next time...
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