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Devotion For Every Wednesday

 What is Suffering?


Gen1:28 "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it."
John 5:17 "My Father is working still and I am working." 

These two passages seem to contradict.  According to John 5,  "If God is the head of the this organization, then why are we doing all the work? If our heavenly Father is working, why do we do all the labors to finish His jobs, or even fail?  It is God's command for us be fruitful and multiply, then how come we don't see any resources needed to work for God? 

These questions are connected to one another question "Why do we suffer if God is in charge?" 

Feeling the suffering is relative and comparative.  

A few years ago, a surgeon who earned the top 10 highest salary in the US committed suicide. The reason is he didn't have his own hospital.  On the same day, another doctor died who worked for orphans in Cambodia for 15 years. She was one of the happiest persons on earth. At her funeral, more than 2,500 local neighbors participated to see her last departure.

What is suffering?

Believe it or not, there were people who hurt themselves or even commit suicide when their soccer team doesn't win. Their lives are depended upon a sport while others live on the brink of war.

Think about all those people who suffered following Christ.  The sadness or agony you're going through should not be degraded or ignored.  It should be healed and reconciled, and the true healing comes from the way we see ourselves surrounded by the events orchestrated by God's purpose.  The peace God gives us is from our trust in His subtle and soft hands to make everything good for His purpose. Everything happens for the right reason and purpose which leads you to the right direction for His plan. You are where you are supposed to be according to God's highest providence.

   

 

 

These devotions were written by Jay on every Wednesday.  You can read his weekly devotion in the weekly E-newsletter.