the right day to thank God for the storms in our lives.
“And it was only right that He should make Jesus, through His suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.” Hebrews 2:10b NLT
The fact that Jesus had to experience the suffering that He did is a difficult concept for many people to comprehend. In fact, the whole issue of suffering is a major sticking point for some. The question is always asked, “How could God stand by and watch the suffering of His Own Son?” We all know that God did not stop it. What we spend so much time contemplating is “Why did He not stop it?”
The suffering of Christ was His final display of perfect obedience to the Father. His suffering made Him the complete sacrifice, earning salvation for the rest of the world. His suffering at the hands of those He came to save demonstrated to the rest of the world that storms enter the lives of even the very best of us. But out of those storms, things of beauty arise, just as Christ rose from the dead before ascending to heaven.
During storms, things around us often look harsh, dark, dangerous, and emit a sense of foreboding. But we usually see soon after that the storm has created new life and things of beauty. The suffering that we endure as a result of the storms in our lives will produce within us a greater understanding of the pain of another human being. It will enable us to be greater providers of comfort to others during the storms in their lives.
No one likes to suffer, and God does not enjoy watching us stand and face our storms. Obedience to God can lead us into stormy weather, but the Lord will lead us safely out again, and we quite possibly will be pleasantly surprised at what is revealed after the storm has passed.
Instead of questioning God’s intentions, we should thank Him for the storms in our lives and ask Him to reveal the beauty that can be produced as a result.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson