Blessed Suffering

Whatever happens in life, whatever our circumstances, whatever happens to us or around us, we only have two ways to look at it, Biblically. It is either an outright blessing or a blessing in disguise. No matter how bad something seems, YHWH can turn it for good in some way (i.e. teaching us an important lesson, drawing someone else to His salvation, cleansing us of a hidden sin, etc.). There are definitely painful consequences for sin. But people often let their faith waver when bad things happen for no apparent reason. Take heart! Elohim knows all things. If we remain faithful in trusting Him, He will certainly prove Himself more than trustworthy!

Consider the passage below. We often hear verse 28 pulled out separately, but the context really needs to be intact to get the full meaning. Be blessed in Adonai’s love and be encouraged!

I don’t think the sufferings we are going through now are even worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us in the future.  The creation waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed; for the creation was made subject to frustration — not willingly, but because of the one who subjected it. But it was given a reliable hope that it too would be set free from its bondage to decay and would enjoy the freedom accompanying the glory that God’s children will have. We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth; and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free. It was in this hope that we were saved. But if we see what we hope for, it isn’t hope — after all, who hopes for what he already sees? But if we continue hoping for something we don’t see, then we still wait eagerly for it, with perseverance.

Similarly, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we don’t know how to pray the way we should. But the Spirit himself pleads on our behalf with groanings too deep for words; and the one who searches hearts knows exactly what the Spirit is thinking, because his pleadings for God’s people accord with God’s will.  Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose; because those whom he knew in advance, he also determined in advance would be conformed to the pattern of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers; and those whom he thus determined in advance, he also called; and those whom he called, he also caused to be considered righteous; and those whom he caused to be considered righteous he also glorified!

What, then, are we to say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare even his own Son, but gave him up on behalf of us all — is it possible that, having given us his Son, he would not give us everything else too?  So who will bring a charge against God’s chosen people? Certainly not God — he is the one who causes them to be considered righteous!  Who punishes them? Certainly not the Messiah Yeshua, who died and — more than that — has been raised, is at the right hand of God and is actually pleading on our behalf!  Who will separate us from the love of the Messiah? Trouble? Hardship? Persecution? Hunger? Poverty? Danger? War?  As the Tanakh puts it, “For your sake we are being put to death all day long, we are considered sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are super-conquerors, through the one who has loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, neither powers above nor powers below, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord. ~~Romans 8: 18-39

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