September 10, 2008

Psalm 138:8 Perfection of Suffering

Posted in Devotionals at 1:03 pm by Sarah Bosse

I found this devotional very encouraging, so I wanted to share the wealth.  At times, it is easier to trust God with the pain or trials in my own life than it is to trust Him with the suffering that a friend endures.  But all suffering belongs to God. 

I can trust that “behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face” only because I  know that Christ’s suffering was:

  1. Fore-ordained
  2. The Will of God
  3. Purposeful
  4. And Resulted In:
      A  Jesus’ Resurrection
      B  God’s Glorification
      C  My Redemption

God never wastes His children’s tears!

TGG

 

Scripture Reference:
Psalm 138:8
 
Perfection of Suffering
 
“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me” (Ps. 138:8).
 
There is a Divine mystery in suffering, a strange and supernatural power in it, which has never been fathomed by the human reason. There never has been known great saintliness of soul which did not pass through great suffering. When the suffering soul reaches a calm sweet carelessness, when it can inwardly smile at its own suffering, and does not even ask God to deliver it from suffering, then it has wrought its blessed ministry; then patience has its perfect work; then the crucifixion begins to weave itself into a crown.
 
It is in this state of the perfection of suffering that the Holy Spirit works many marvelous things in our souls. In such a condition, our whole being lies perfectly still under the hand of God; every faculty of the mind and will and heart are at last subdued; a quietness of eternity settles down into the whole being; the tongue grows still, and has but few words to say; it stops asking God questions; it stops crying, “Why hast thou forsaken me?”
 
The imagination stops building air castles, or running off on foolish lines; the reason is tame and gentle; the choices are annihilated; it has no choice in anything but the purpose of God. The affections are weaned from all creatures and all things; it is so dead that nothing can hurt it, nothing can offend it, nothing can hinder it, nothing can get in its way; for, let the circumstances be what they may, it seeks only for God and His will, and it feels assured that God is making everything in the universe, good or bad, past or present, work together for its good.
 
Oh, the blessedness of being absolutely conquered! of losing our own strength, and wisdom, and plans, and desires, and being where every atom of our nature is like placid Galilee under the omnipotent feet of our Jesus. –Soul Food
 
The great thing is to suffer without being discouraged. –Fenelon

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1 Comment »

  1. Gilbert Mutai said,

    Wow, so powerful indeed. May God give me this patience to wait for his moment of action without murmuring and complaining. May God bless u so so much for giving us this insight.


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