"You turned my mourning into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy; that my heart may sing to You and not be silent. O Lord, my God, I will give You thanks forever." ~Psalm 30:11-12

Thursday, May 13, 2010

...after you have suffered a while...


"But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, 
after you have suffered a while, 
perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you." 
~1 Peter 5:10

Are you suffering?  It will pass and will lead to perfection, establishment, strength, and to be settled.
How we long to be settled while we are struggling through a trial.  Yet, we know that we are to count the trial all joy because He is molding and shaping us in the midst.  I am finally coming to the point where I can truly count it all joy...even through tears at times...because I know He is making me into who He wants me to be.  And that truly is a joyful thought!  There is a light at the end of the tunnel of suffering.
God does not call us to an easy life.  We must do hard things.  And just when you think you've done enough, He calls you to do more.  "Haven't I done enough?" you ask.  And the answer is, "no."  George Washington asked, "Have I not done enough for my country?"  Mordecai pointed at Esther five times with the word "you" telling her that she was called to intercede for the Jews to save their lives "for such a time as this." (Est. 4:13-14)  Jesus told us to forgive, not 7 times, but 70 x 7 times. (Mt. 18:21-22)  Wasn't His sinless life on earth enough?  No, He had to go to the cross.  What we think is enough is never enough.  Is it impossible?  No.  Is it hard?  Yes.  But "My grace is sufficient for you.  For my strength is made perfect in Your weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9)  He gives what we need right when we need it.

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us." (Rom. 8:18)  Heaven is coming.  Hang in there.  No, soar!  Be still and know that He is God." (Ps. 46:10)  We will count our suffering unworthy of mention or even the slightest remembrance in Heaven.  Because Heaven is that glorious!  
"Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching of a good. " ~Locke

4 comments:

  1. Wow Kori, this is beautiful and so very true. I can relate on so many levels. I need to send you my story to read.
    Tindy

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  2. Thank you so much for your word of encouragement. It is timely and helpful.It is also beautifully written. May the Lord continue to use you mightily.

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    1. Thank you, C. Reed. So glad you landed here. Bless you. I am going through a new trial in my life...and counting it all joy. I just learned that my dad is transitioning to become a woman. Though there is much more to be said on this issue and I hope to have time to address it on this blog at some point so that others may be encouraged; I know this very unique situation God has allowed in the life of my family for a purpose. And, oh, how I want to walk through it well. I want to help others who may find themselves in the same situation. I want to set an example. I want to be glued to Jesus as He shows us just how to handle this. How to love my dad, but not encourage his unbelievable pursuit. Anyway, be encouraged. We can truly count it all joy because He is molding and shaping us into the image of His perfect Son. He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus! Much love to you.

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