Lord God. We are struck down. We don't understand why we have been called to suffering. When we were not suffering and saw others suffering we could perhaps, understand that it is sin that brings suffering. Sin that entered the world through Satan's temptation in the Garden. We understand that concept. Sin brings death. We were born into sin and into death. But You have provided a sacrifice for that sin, for all sin for all ages. Your Son came in the flesh that He created and through His own incomprehensible suffering, bought us back from death. And we who have received this sacrifice for our own sin, have entered into the Eternal Life that is in Your Son. But then, after the joy of experiencing Your Holy Spirit within us, of knowing that we are on our way to a Life where there will be nothing but joy, we were struck down. And we can feel betrayed. Especially if we have had human betrayal. And we can be in a place of despair. We know that we are to call out Abba Father, and we do. But we do not understand why we have not been delivered from this agony. Surely You must know that we are not those heroes in the Bible who remained faithful through terrible torture. They were special people who knew how to trust You with suffering. And we had anticipated some suffering. But not this, God. This goes beyond human endurance. What good can come of this? How are you honored in this? Where can we go for comfort, for understanding and acceptance? It has to come from You .
So we have to find Your words to us. And we find them in the Scriptures. And when we go there we see that suffering is indeed, part of the human, Christian life. We see Jeremiah. We see David. We see Job. We see Paul. We see Your Son. But oh God, we are in deep need of the strength to walk through this time of suffering. Your Word says that Your grace is sufficient. And that we can do all things through the Lord, through His indwelling Presence. Show us today Lord how to bring those promises into our lives, into our thoughts and to find what You have provided for us to walk through even this. And to know that You know us completely and have a way for us even when we see no way. Help us to look only to You and to Your power in us. Give us Your peace, Your hope and even Your joy as You have promised to give us. We lay Your Word before You and in faith, hold onto it as truth. Oh God of all Eternity, be very real to us today.
"How are you honored in this? "
Good question... I pray sometimes a lot sometimes a little... but I also wonder the answer to this question.
Perhaps we need to honor God in this as I am not sure about the rest of you or how far you are into this process but i would not have made it without God and without prayer... I would not have even started the process without God.
I will keep you all in my prayers... always have... with a special prayer here and there for some who's stories I read.. I prefer to do it by myself as it is pattern to me already please know there has not be a request for prayer by any on this thread I have not prayed about. I like to keep this simple as I do not want to argue about God with anyone I will pray and let that sit for now....
wishing you all peace