[I have decided that I will occasionally write about the You Version Bible app’s “Verse of the Day”. Sometimes just reading or hearing a particular passage of scripture can be a nonchalant activity that we do daily. I humbly admit I am guilty of this. As believers in the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, we have an obligation, not only to ourselves, but also to each other, to discuss and meditate on the Word of the living God. This is so that we can all cultivate the soil of our hearts and encourage healthy growth of the seed that is planted.]
“You will have to suffer only a little while; after that, God, who is full of grace, the one who called you into His eternal glory in union with Messiah, will himself restore, establish and strengthen you and make you firm.”
1 Peter 5:10
Man, if this is not a despised word I have no clue what is. Especially in modern Christendom. Before we continue, let’s get one thing straight; other than a few current sects of Christians in select regions of the earth, I’ll say with upmost confidence that the majority of us modern-day believers can’t legitimately compare our sufferings to those of the members of the first century church. If you are not familiar with their sufferings, please do some research and count your blessings.
The suffering Peter is writing about spans a couple chapters. In chapter four he is quick to point out the physical suffering of Yeshua the Messiah, and how we are to conduct our attitude towards suffering because of His example. Let’s not be confused; though He suffered tremendous physical pain during the process of His death, the physical suffering being emphasized throughout chapter four is more geared towards denying our fleshly lust and desires, and enduring criticism from nonbelievers, as well as our fellow believers.
If you have ever had the displeasure of enduring the snake bite of hearing one of your brothers or sisters in Messiah bashing you behind your back, make no mistake, it can cause physical pain.
We’re not going to leave out any type suffering at all, though. I firmly believe suffering in general is subjective to the individual enduring it. What may cause one person suffering might not cause another suffering. This goes for all types– physical, mental, or spiritual.
Suffering is a part of life whether we want it or not. We can sometimes see it coming as clear as day, yet other times it blindsides us from out of nowhere. It can be caused by anything.
You’ll be hard pressed to find in scripture where suffering is just denied like it’s a man trying to get a girl’s number. But dare I say it’s somewhat welcomed as a revered friend in scripture? Hmmm…
If our relationship with Messiah is that of upmost trust and faith, why should we have a reason to fear suffering? Especially if we know that The Father is perfecting us on the other side of it! So the real questions arise; do you trust Messiah to deliver you from your suffering no matter what, even if the result is death? Furthermore, in death, would you trust Him to deliver you? How can you trust Him in death if you barely trust Him in life?
This all may be hard to digest, but the essence of it all is where is your faith in Messiah in ALL circumstances, good and bad? In suffering, our faith is truly established. It is by design. Your fight isn’t against suffering, it’s in the contention for your most holy faith. It’s for the God kind of faith. The faith that knows beyond any doubt that He will never leave me nor forsake me no matter in death or life! Suffering is just a catalyst that produces this kind of faith. Do not despise it! Selah.
We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses that have endured long before us. Look to them and the Holy Spirit for strength. You will never be alone in your suffering. Messiah and all that are in Him are with you! Amen!
-From Death To Life