“I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
“Behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps
the words of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:7)
How much of "watching the news" is too much for our souls?
There is a constant deluge of discouragement out there. Some of the news can inspire change, but some can simply steal life from you.
It’s easy to see that there is great agony in our world.
Trials, difficulties and suffering are everywhere and, unfortunately, unavoidable. When suffering rears its ugly head, one can wonder why God permits it and if it will ever stop.
But God shows us in His Word that through Him, we can see past any current trial. We can trust that He knows exactly what He’s doing. You can believe with certainty that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18).
God is good. Why? Because He willingly, lovingly laid down His life for you. The Son of God reigns over every aspect of the entire universe. Because He laid down His life, you can be sure that the control He has over everything is perfectly right and divinely scripted for His glory and your good.
Jesus Christ is good, all-knowing and the coming King.
You can know He understands your sufferings and will end them someday.
All hopelessness died on the third day when God the Son killed death itself and rose to life again. God’s power is verified by the empty tomb. And because He holds the keys to life and death, you can trust He knows exactly what He’s doing, and He will make everything right.
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).
Pray and Reflect
Make a list of the sufferings you are currently going through.
Now, through the lens of Scripture, list the reasons Jesus understands each and every one of your sufferings.
Take some time to pray and thank God that He understands the suffering you’re going through.
He will return one day to end all suffering forever.
(written by Shelby Abbott)