24 February 2014
Whenever we are hurt by others or misunderstood, but choose to take the high road in overcoming pain and rejection with forgiveness, love and hope, we are walking the way of Christ.
Jesus was rejected by the people he came to serve and save. He was crucified by them. In many chapters of the Old Testament, the Lord demonstrates His love for Israel time and time again without fail. But each time, Israel had rejected God.
There will be days in our lives when we feel misunderstood and rejected even when we had put our best foot forward. There will be days when the good we intentioned turns around to bite us in the back. There will be days when trouble and distress does not relent. There will be days when our strength grows too weak and hope seems very distant.
But through each and every trial, with each decision we make in the midst of trials, there lies the opportunity for great glory. For Jesus was glorified because of His obedience to God. Through obedience even to the cross, the Name of Jesus was lifted high above all things.
I certainly do not wish or hope for trials, but i know that they will come. And when they do, i know i am sharing in the suffering of Christ and that it is my privilege to do so. The apostle Paul urged us to live as citizens of heaven:
“For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together.” Philippians 1:29-30.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
Father, I pray not just for myself, but for all my other Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering for your Name. No trial is too small for Your concern, and no trial is too big or impossible for You. I ask that we are all strengthened and assured by Your voice however it may be heard or seen, and I ask that our present trials are an opportunity for greater joy in the time to come.