You are drowning in life situations you can’t control. You feel powerless. You made the right choices, but you feel punished for them.
I could give you all the pat responses like, “It’s a world that began with Adam’s disobedience. Sin was introduced. Bad things happen.”
S.M. was watching an REI Co-Op video about an ultra runner. The runner said, “Embrace the suffering.”
It’s exactly what the Bible says in the New Testament. I’m thinking of 1 Peter 4:12-19:
Dear friends, don’t be surprised about the fiery trials that have come among you to test you. These are not strange happenings. Instead, rejoice as you share Christ’s suffering. You share his suffering now so that you may also have overwhelming joy when his glory is revealed. If you are mocked because of Christ’s name, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory—indeed, the Spirit of God—rests on you.
Now none of you should suffer as a murderer or thief or evildoer or rebel. But don’t be ashamed if you suffer as one who belongs to Christ. Rather, honor God as you bear Christ’s name. Give honor to God, because it’s time for judgment to begin with God’s own household. But if judgment starts with us, what will happen to those who refuse to believe God’s good news? If the righteous are barely rescued, what will happen to the godless and sinful? So then, those who suffer because they follow God’s will should commit their lives to a trustworthy creator by doing what is right.
There’s also joy. Don’t forget to notice that, too. Between the tear drops, look for the joy in your life that is not based on your circumstances.
Cry on God’s shoulder.
You are not alone.
Would you like a community where you can feel free to unload and learn who you are in Christ? Read more about the Life Group I am starting through Life Church.
I am thinking of starting this early February.