“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
Hello Church! It’s day 19 of our fast and I know many are doing great with it and others are still having a hard time. Each year my family and I fast and each year we have a different experience. Some years God seems to give us special grace and the 21 days just fly by without any trouble at all. Then there are years when we wonder if God has forsaken us. Of course He hasn’t, yet the questions still come, “Why is this year so hard?”
This got me thinking about suffering. What is suffering all about and why do we go through it sometimes? When I was thinking about that I had a thought, “Everything I have comes to me through the suffering of someone else!” Really, is that true?
Look at the ring on your finger or the gold necklace you have, it didn’t just appear out of thin air. Someone had to dig deep into a mountain to find that gold and some people gave their lives in pursuit of that gold! There was suffering going on in that mine each and every day. They suffered so you and I can have a nice piece of jewelry. We benefited from the suffering of others.
What about the medicines that we take for granted that help us in our daily lives? Someone was in pain and discomfort before that medicine was around. Others allowed themselves to be used to test out the medicine. Their suffering benefitted us. Some of them suffered with no benefit to themselves at all.
What of the house you live in or the food (you will soon be able to eat) or the clothes on your back? Someone suffered for us to have these things. Then what can I say about our Salvation? Christ suffered so that you and I might be saved. He suffered and died so that you and I may have life and have a life worth living!
So here is what I want you to grab on to. No one suffers without someone else benefiting from it. Let me say it again, no one suffers without someone else benefiting from it. If you are having difficult times with this fast, don’t give up now because there is someone else that will benefit from it. It could be your family member that benefits, or your churches growth may benefit. It may be a mission work that you support where revival will break out. Your suffering will have benefit if not for you, then for others around you.
Here at Free Chapel OC, we have people that cannot fast due to health and work issues. Because they are part of our family there are people fasting for those who cannot fast themselves. Some are forfeiting without any benefit to themselves, suffering so others may benefit.
Your temporary discomfort will have long term benefits. So don’t quit now. Don’t stop short of your goal as you do not know what benefit it will have in the future.
“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.” I Peter 4:13