Suffering, one more time

One of the main messages of the Bible is that we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. We also live the Christian life with power and grow by faith in God’s Word, the Bible. Hebrews 1 says that “without faith it is impossible to please God”. Jesus said that if we had faith the size of a mustard seed we could move mountains and nothing would be impossible for us. Our faith is also the key to facing and dealing with trials and suffering as a victor rather than a victim. And how we do in the midst of suffering is the best measuring device we have for determining how much faith we really have.

If I knew without a doubt that Jesus was coming back to take His Bride, the Church to heaven tomorrow, nothing that happened to me today wouldn’t affect me much. If someone was rude to me, I wouldn’t really care because tomorrow I am going to be in heaven with Jesus and with my new glorified body. Any and every trial, no matter how difficult, no matter how much pain would be easily endured with no fussing, because what does it matter, I am going to heaven very soon.

Psalm 39:4–5  “LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.  “Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath.

James 4:14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Philippians 3:20–21 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;  who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
I like to sing songs during the day that are simple, short, and easy for me to remember. One of my favorites is “Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King”. I sing that line over and over and over and then when I feel like it I switch to “No more crying there, we are going to see the King”, again over and over and then ending the song with, “No more dying there, we are going to see the King”. I have been known to sing that song for 30 minutes straight while fishing or working on a car.

“Soon” is obviously relative, but if we grow strong in our faith, waiting eagerly for Jesus to take us to heaven, it becomes more and more the focus of our life and our faith, and it is so much easier to deal with problems, big problems when we know it won’t be long now.

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