23rd February 2011

What A Day I Have Had!

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Romans 8:18 (NIV UK) 

In the main this is a Scottish saying: ‘Whit a day ah h’ve hud!’ However, when translated, most people can relate to the feeling. There are some days when the day feels like no other. Everything goes wrong, the boss increases his demands, the computer plays up, the car breaks down, the weather doesn’t help, the phone won’t stop ringing, and so the problems increase. Why are people so unreasonable? Why are people not as understanding as me? Why does it all seem to happen in one day? Now, in hindsight let us be honest with ourselves… are we not just a tiny bit sorry for ourselves? Did we feel that we were the only one in the world having a bad day?

First of all, it happens to all of us—you are not alone. It is how we deal with the day that really counts. I am mindful of a man named Job who didn’t have one bad day—he had many bad days, one after another! He struggled with horrendous problems including bereavement, health, lost friends, loss of wealth and social status.  Job was a good man who was upright in the eyes of God. Tough as his life became, Job was still able to praise God (Job 1:21). Job understood that God does not delight in the suffering of His people, as it says in Ezekiel 33:11, “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live…” God has reasons that we will only truly understand when He explains things to us fully.

There are some trials that last a very long time, not just a day. There are some trials that tear out your heart, but you know always that God is there in the midst of the situation. Another man who knew severe trials was the apostle Paul, who despite, or rather because of, his trials was able to encourage Timothy to stick with it. Was Timothy having a tough time too? Read 2 Timothy 2:3, “Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”

Jesus Christ endured the ultimate in suffering, humiliation, degradation and abominable pain. He knows what it is to be human and have to face the bad days. That is why He tells us that He is with us in whatever situation we find ourselves (Matthew 28:20, “…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”). He is with us always—never failing us—sometimes carrying us—and at all times loving us.

“For he has not despised or distained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” says Psalm 22:24. Stick with it and take heart—the trial lasting a day, or years, will pass and Jesus’ love for us is forever.

Prayer
Thank you, Jesus, for the suffering you undertook for us. When the days are dark with trials of whatever kind, strengthen our faith with your presence in us.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson 

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