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WITD-018: Hope in the Suffering

Summary

The purpose and authority for the Show is not only in the sharing of the life struggles and sufferings of everyday people like you and me, but to also comfort those in trouble, by the same comfort wherewith we ourselves are also comforted in all our tribulation, by the God of all comfort.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Apart from the tribulation, there is no comfort.

Episode Notes

  • Paul shares a lot of similar life struggles and sufferings as Jesus (Isaiah 53), self-described as “Paul the Prisoner of Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:1, Philemon 1:1, Hebrews 12:3).
  • There is purpose in suffering, even when we don’t agree with the suffering.
  • All of the injustices of humanity will be brought to justice by the most High Judge; and that in His time, not ours (Hebrews 9:27).
  • When it comes to the gospel (John 14:6, John 6:47, Acts 16:31, 1 Corinthians 15:1-7), tenets of Christianity (Acts 11:25-26, James 1), love (1 John 4:8, John 15:13, Mark 12:29-31, Romans 13:10), good will toward men (Luke 2:14), and charity (Luke 6:31, 1 Corinthians 13); we recognize that these standards have actually been around for thousands of years, prior to our existence, whether we want to recognize it or not; for other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11),
  • Commonly used phrases like “God is faithful” are sometimes hard to genuinely appreciate until you’ve gone through a period of suffering.
  • Paul had a change in perspective about all the things he once pursued after, counting his credentials in the world but dung and suffering the loss of all things, that he might win Christ (Philippians 3:4-11).
    • The things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:14-18).
    • Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal (Matthew 6:19-21).
  • The greatest calling in a man or woman’s life is that which God has called them to (1 Corinthians 7:20, 1 Corinthians 12, Luke 16:10).

Takeaway

God is faithful; He is the God of all comfort. He positions us in such a way such that we are enabled to comfort others, by the comfort He gives us. It will change your perspective about your sufferings, and how you are affected by it.

Be faithful in the least of things, chase after God; press forward with passion and excitement for what God is not only capable of doing, but is going to do; and let Him bring the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).

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