I imagine most of us, if not all of us, would do our best to avoid suffering. It is an experience we do not find pleasant. It is an experience we probably would not choose to hear on the day we profess our faith. After all, this is a day of joy and celebration. Many of us would still be in our teens at that stage of life and, if you are like me, quickly push aside those first words of 1 Peter 5:10, 11:
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
They hardly seem relevant,
especially to us who have grown up with so many privileges. This tends to make us believe that we are
entitled to a life free of suffering, and we are going to do everything we can
to make this happen.
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All around us in creation, we can see God’s hand, and
His awesome handiwork. One ancient psalmist wrote: “Of
old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your
hands” (102:25). In another psalm, the author knew that his existence came from
God’s hand: “Your hands have made me and fashioned me” (119:73). It is also
from God’s hands that all blessings flow: “You open your hand, they are filled
with good” (Psalm
open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Psalm 145:15).
And no matter where we are, or where we
go, “Your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me” (Psalm
139:10). When we are in trouble, we can cry out to God: “Stretch out your hand
from above; rescue me and deliver me” (Psalm 144:7). When I read all these
passages from the Psalms, I feel so wonderfully safe and secure in God’s hand,
for nothing in heaven above, or on earth below is able to snatch me out of the
loving, wise and powerful hands of my Father and Saviour (cf. John 10:28-29).
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