Suffering is the result of disconnection from our own true self and from the one in whose image we have been created, God – our father. God loves fellowship and so do we being HIS children. We need to be connected to our fullness that is found in Christ who is our head and King. Once we are away from Christ’ fellowship we suffer and long for his presence since we are not meant to be alone.
Jesus said to his disciples “This world will make you suffer but take heart, I have defeated the world”. As long as we are in this world, sufferings are inevitable but God, according to his promise that “all things work together for those who love the Lord”, uses sufferings to turn us into the image of his beloved son Jesus Christ.
If we remain connected to Christ during the period of suffering, we will not be affected by the negative power that follows suffering. Christ and HIS powerful presence will cover us as an armour and HIS grace will become our standing ground. The one who said “I will never leave you nor forsake you” is indeed our suffering partner. Jesus appeared to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego when they were thrown into blazing furnace to protect them, and since our Jesus never changes and remain the same always, He is standing at the door of your furnace of affliction, ready to jump into the fire for you at your invitation. Being with Christ in fire of affliction is better than being on your own elsewhere.
Leaning on Christ when it’s hard to do so, produces fruits of perseverance and deep trust on his power. Our knowledge about our King gets stronger with every passing day and this knowledge is the same as the glory of God’s likeness that shines through the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Once suffering has finished its course, the result will come in the form of an immeasurable peace and an incomprehensible and unheard revelation about Christ’ glory. That is – In Christ alone lies our strength.
The future glory is ready to be revealed in us by our Lord. Let’s open our eyes and be filled with more of Christ and less of ourselves.