Suffering & Endurance–Hebrews 11:32-40

How does your suffering reveal and glorify God?

Suffering gives me an opportunity to let Christ carry me through to keep going, and an opportunity to show others the power of the Holy Spirit living within me.

Suffering is misunderstood. Below are some false beliefs about suffering and the truth about it:

1) All suffering is bad.
In reality, we should rejoice in spite of it, but it is not something we desire.

2) Vulnerability is not the sign of strength.
The truth is, the Holy Trinity is vulnerable to pain. He feels pain when I grieve, and He grieves with me.

Real strength is transparency and vulnerability. Through transparency and vulnerability, Christ can shine through me.

Hebrews 11:32-40

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[a] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

My prayer is for me to allow Jesus to shine through me in every circumstance.

Image attribution to Peter Shanks, licensed under Creative Commons.

How does your suffering reveal and glorify God?


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