We need God

We need God in our lives and through our suffering.

We need God

Every minute of every day we need The Lord.  We may not realize it but we do! I would like to share with you a devotional from The Beyond Suffering Bible by  Joni Eareckson Tada. The following is what she says about suffering.”

“When we wonder why we must suffer, we’re actually asking questions of someone. That someone is Jesus. But why he created suffering doesn’t really matter. The only thing that matters is how we respond. When we can’t find the answers we’re looking for, we can find peace in the only true answer: We need Him! Affliction is the lowest common denominator for all of us. Philippians 1:29 tells us to expect suffering: “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.” But no matter how strong our faith is, it’s natural to ask why.

We need God

After many years of suffering, I’ve concluded that The Lord allows one form of evil, suffering, to expose another form of evil, sin. It is as if Jesus turns suffering on its head and helps us to feel the sting of sin when we suffer so that as we are headed for heaven, we’re reminded of how poisonous sin really is. So, suffering is like a sandblasting machine that strips away our fear, anxiety, self-centeredness, complaining, and “I don’t care” attitude toward others who hurt. He allows affliction to rip all of that away so that we can see the world through the eyes of Christ.

Lord hates evil and suffering. He promises us in his Word to relieve suffering, and he relieves it every day. We can be sure that if our hearts hurt for someone, Jesus felt that pain first. He felt my pain first. Our souls are strengthened through suffering. To know Him better, we must know our suffering better. And as we do, we become less me-focused and more Lord-focused.”

We need God Closing

That last paragraph really touched my heart. How often are we focused on ourselves and not on the Lord? Instead of playing the “poor me game” our attitudes should be the same as Christ’s. (Phil 2:5) Just like air, we need Him, or else we can’t live like He wants us to.

Next time you begin to feel down, force yourself to read the Word and tell Him how your feeling. As our devotion said, become more Jesus-focused. As you do, it will be less on you, and more on Him.

May the Lord bless and keep you.

Blessings,

Allison Anderson

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