So much of our faith was penned in the midst of suffering
So many tenets of our beliefs crafted in the midst of pain.
Think of Abraham and Sarah who found God’s promises in the midst of childlessness
Joseph who was sold into slavery and served Him in the depth of a foreign prison
Imagine Paul, the persecutor turned apostle who suffered persecution for the same faith he once sought to snuff out.
And Christ Himself who paid for freedom with His blood.
In the days of deepest shame and in the nights of our most darkest fears
There He seeks us out.
There He waits holding out His hand.
Despite His strength He does not resent our weakness
Nor does He crush us in the wake of His power.
He Himself is well acquainted with grief and suffering
He does not shy away from our pain
Nor does He wallow in it.
He took it upon Himself
Using the very thing that destroys us all
As a means to create new life in us.
Making purpose out of the pointless.
Remember that our faith is not far removed from suffering
Indeed it is embedded in its DNA,
Lest we be surprised when troubles come
As though our faith was crafted from a place of ease and comfort.
Life can be rough.
But in Christ, who suffered most of all,
We have a real hope
For He truly overcame the greatest pain.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a]Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people;[c] then you won’t become weary and give up