“Jesus responded to them, “Do you now believe? Look: An hour is coming, and has come, when each of you will be scattered to his own home, and you will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” (John 16:31-33)
Jesus always made it a point to tell His disciples how hard the road would be in following Him He never sugarcoated it. It was a path of struggle and pain and loneliness. But it was all worth it because of who it was they were following.
Here as the days were drawing closer to Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, Jesus tells them of what was to come. Even in the midst of turmoil, Jesus brings peace. Even in the midst of suffering, Jesus brings hope.
I’m reminded today of all the heartache and struggles that these words still resonate. Even though there is immense suffering in this world, we can take heart. Jesus has overcome the world! So as we endure the trials and tribulations of this world, let us keep on the path of following Jesus. Let us be courageous in following Him.
Here is another quote from pastor and theologian Charles Spurgeon:
“There is a time appointed for weakness and sickness, when we shall have to glorify God by suffering, and not by earnest activity…The path of trouble is the way home. Lord, make this thought a pillow for many a weary head!” (Charles Spurgeon)
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from pastor Charles Spurgeon:
“Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.” (Charles Spurgeon)
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from author Pete Wilson:
“When you’re hurt or doubting, there’s nothing more comforting than hearing someone say, ‘I know what you’re going through.’ When you’re questioning and crying, there’s nothing that helps more than being told, ‘I’m in it with you.'” (Pete Wilson Plan B)
“See, My Servant will act wisely;
He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted.
Just as many were appalled at You—
His appearance was so disfigured
that He did not look like a man,
and His form did not resemble a human being—
so He will sprinkle many nations.
Kings will shut their mouths because of Him,
For they will see what had not been told them,
and they will understand what they had not heard.” (Isaiah 52:13-15)
These are the words from the prophet Isaiah. He wrote these words hundreds of years before the One who would come to fulfill this prophesy. That One was Jesus. Isaiah wrote about how Jesus would be lifted up and exalted. He wrote that he would be disfigured which Jesus was as He was beaten and flogged to the point of death before His crucifixion. But this was done so that all nations could be reconciled unto God.
These verses are prior to the “Suffering Servant” chapter. Though these verses are not as well known, they as well portray how Jesus suffered for us so that “they will see what had not been told them, and they will understand what they had not heard.” Jesus came as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and has been raised up and greatly exalted in His rightful place as the Son of God. This week let us remember and be thankful that Jesus did that for us.
“For the Lord
will not reject us forever.
Even if He causes suffering,
He will show compassion
according to His abundant, faithful love.
For He does not enjoy bringing affliction
or suffering on mankind.” (Lamentations 3:31-33)
The book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah. If there was someone who understood lamenting, it was Jeremiah. He was a prophet who was charged with speaking God’s truth to the people. But the people would not listen. And because they would not listen and repent, judgement came and the people suffered including Jeremiah.
Even throughout the book of Lamentations where there is lamenting and grief throughout, there is also hope. These verses are a part of that hope. Jeremiah reminds the people that God does have abundant, faithful love for his people. He does want to bring His people back from suffering and pain. He “will not reject us forever”.
Sometimes when we are going through painful times and we are in that valley of suffering, we feel that it never ends. Months or even years may pass and the suffering we feel never ends. But these verses remind us that even though it seems never ending, it is not. God will bring it to end. He loves us and though we may deal with suffering, we have hope because of Jesus Christ. We are not rejected forever because we have been accepted through Christ’s work on the cross. We may still endure pain and suffering on this Earth but it will not last forever.
This week, as we may going through our own pains and sufferings, let us rest in the hope that it will not last forever. That the steadfast love of God endures and He will deliver us.