Suffering is never on our to-do list. We don’t leave our homes in the morning saying, “I really hope I suffer today.” We are not looking for opportunities to suffer. We run from suffering and when we undergo suffering, it is painful and we usually appreciate when it ends.
Paul writes of the privilege of suffering. The privilege of suffering. This is a phrase that sounds like an oxymoron, but if you are in Christ, then you realize that Christ Jesus promises suffering would come. As His representatives, it’s guaranteed. It’s going to happen. It is a privilege because He has allowed us to be His representatives. It is a privilege because in the suffering we grow deeper in Christ. We grow in our love of God and others. We grow in our revelation of God.
Today, in whatever comes your way, embrace suffering. Thank God for the opportunity. Remember, it is a privilege.
“For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for Him.” – Philippians 1:29 [NLT]
Often we think that we are doing everything alone. We forget Who is with us. Today’s verse is an assurance of a victory. God would cross over ahead. God would subdue them. God had a great plan and He would do just as He promised. We only had to recognize.
Recognize today that the Lord your God is with you. Recognize today that His promises are true. Recognize today that He is a devouring fire. Recognize today that you are not in this alone. He is with you. He is for you. May He make His presence known to you in a new and intimate way.
“But recognize today that the LORD your God is the one who will cross over ahead of you like a devouring fire to destroy them. He will subdue them so that you will quickly conquer them and drive them out, just as the LORD has promised.” – Deuteronomy 9:3 [NLT]