“I have told you this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 New Living Translation
Having worked in hospitals for over 30 years, I have seen many types of suffering. And I often, like almost everyone else, wonder why as God’s creation, we seemed destined for suffering. Jesus never promised that the Christian life would be free from suffering. In fact, he tells us that we will experience suffering and pain in our lives here on earth.
Paul offers in 2nd Corinthians that Jesus wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our times of trouble. He says that this is so we can offer the same wonderful love, compassion and encouragement to others when they experience hardship and trials.
So in fact, we should expect trouble. But do not despair because of it. God has promised to be with us and strengthen us through it all. Nothing can separate us from God. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” Romans 8: 38-39 New Living Translation
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your promises. For we know You are with us always, and that Your love for us never changes. Even as we experience pain in many areas of life: physical, mental or emotional, we know You will never leave us nor forsake us. We pray a special prayer today for those who are suffering – may they ever be reminded of Your presence and comfort. Amen.