Following Christ is like walking on a narrow path, which is not easy. A child of God who has accepted Jesus as his Lord and saviour enters into a covenant relationship with Jesus. Walking with Jesus never guarantees a life that is free from pain and suffering. Sometimes answers to prayers arrive before the prayer is finished, other times nothing seem to move for a very long period of time. No one knows why it happens. None of us knows the secret of time. When the good times will arrive? When will the night turn into brightness of day? When the suffering will be over? These are the questions that are common to those who have made up their minds to follow Christ.
Bible is full of verses which portray the sufferings and pain of those who wait for the Lord. One cries out in desperation, “How long, my Lord how long?” Another one says, “My soul longs for the salvation of the Lord.” Yet another, “Why have you left me alone?” Despite that the heartfelt prayers bring no answers and the tears dry up on cheeks. Faith begins to shake and a child of God start questioning, “Is there a God? Does he listen to me? Does he know what I have been going through?” “Why I am in so much pain and suffering when those who don’t lead a Godly life live comfortably?” “How can God who is so full of compassion let his precious child go through a valley of tears for days that don’t seem to come to an end?”
It’s a hard truth that those who want to lead a godly life in Christ will be persecuted. Pain and suffering are an inevitable part of a the life of a child of God. But everything under the sun follows a cycle. Nothing is permanent except the word of God. Our pain and suffering, that is temporary in nature is going to produce an eternal reward for us. Paul says, “What we suffer at this time can’t be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Our suffering may seem cruel to us at the moment but those who have been trained by them are filled with Godly perseverance and hope. And We are not going through the valley of death by ourselves, Jesus our covenant partner who has promised to be with us in good and bad times, comes to suffer with us.
No-one will remain deserted by God forever. In fact, the one who cried in his desperation, “Father why have you forsaken me?” has become our high priest to bless us with grace in our time of need. Grace is expensive since it cost Jesus his life. Let’s ask for the precious grace of Christ to fill our lives so that the weak child of God becomes able to stand firm again and speak up in eager expectation, “The one who did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? He will and will do it soon.