Affliction and Suffering
Affliction and Suffering
How many of you can openly admit to having suffered pain, loss, trauma, tragedy … suffered in affliction? I have. And, it’s okay to admit to pain and suffering. What’s not okay is to blame Elohim or to forget to give thanks to Elohim, even in the midst of pain and suffering. There was a time in my life where all I did was blame Elohim for making me be born, for putting me in situations in which no child should be placed, for seeming to forget that I even existed. I thumbed my nose at my Creator; but, now I know that I know that I know, and I have chosen to give thanks in ALL things- good and bad. And, yes, I know how hard it is to give thanks in times of affliction and suffering; but, when we KISS (Keep It Simple Saint) and when we PUSH (Pray/Praise Until Something Happens), we can be assured that Elohim is always present, always protecting, always providing.
Ephesians 5:20--”Give thanks always concerning all things in the Name of Adonai Yeshua ha-Meshiach, to Elohim, even Abba.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18--”In everything give thanks, for this is the will of Elohim in Yeshua ha-Meshiach toward you.”
I could stop here, end the devotion here; but, I wanted to give you some further ways in which to give thanks, especially when you suffer any kind of affliction or suffering.
An Ever-Present Help
Elohim has saved you, your sins have been washed away, and He has adopted you as His child. Romans 4:7 says, “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”
Elohim hears your every prayer. Tehillim (Psalms) 34:15 says, “Adonai’s eyes are toward the righteous. His ears listen to their cry.” And, Tehillim 24:17 says, “The righteous cry, and Adonai hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.”
Elohim loves you and His mercies are always so plentiful. Akhah (Lamentations) 3:22-23 says, “It is because of Adonai’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because His compassion doesn’t fail. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.”
Elohim is near you, even in your pain. Tehillim 34:18 says, “Adonai is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit.”
Elohim is Sovereign. He is in complete control of every situation, even of your situation. Yesha’yah (Isaiah) 46:9-10 says, “Remember the former things of old: for I am Elohim, and there is no other. I am Elohim, and there is none like Me. I declare the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done. I say: My counsel will stand, and I will do all that I please.”
Elohim is using your affliction and suffering to prepare you as His Image-bearer. Romans 8:28-29 says, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love Elohim, for those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
Elohim is with you, even in your affliction and suffering. Yesha’yah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you.”
Someday, Yeshua will wipe every tear from your eye. Hagilu Natan Elohim (Revelation) 21:4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.”
Yeshua is your refuge, strength, and strong tower. Tehillim 46:1 says, “Elohim is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Yeshua is your sympathetic Kohen ha-Gadol (High Priest) Who always intercedes for you. Mashiakim Yehudim (Hebrews) 4:15 says, “For we don’t have a Kohen ha-Gadol who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but One who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.” And Mashiakim Yehudim 7:25 says, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to Elohim through Him, seeing that He lives forever to make intercession for them.”
Yeshua will never leave you nor forsake you. Mashiakim Yehudim 13:5 says, “Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for He has said, ‘I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you.”
Your affliction and suffering is but a moment compared to an endless eternity with Adonai. Your affliction and suffering leads to the bigger picture. 2 Corinthians 4:17 says, “For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory.”
Baruch Adonai yom yom ya’amos-lanu ha’EL Yeshuateinu. Selah.
Blessed be Adonai, Who daily carries our burdens; Elohim of our salvation. Selah.