suffering = good

Jeremiah 32:42 (NKJV) “For thus says the LORD: ‘Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them.

I remember God telling me this when JW was in the far country, and I hurt so badly I couldn’t move. I believed that it would be as good in the future as the pain was in the present. It turned out to be even better! When I see the love in my husband’s eyes, when I hold my two beautiful kids, and when we pray together as a family, I see “God’s goodness in the land of the living,” and I know the pain was worth it!
Today, I read Romans 8:18 –

Romans 8:18 (NKJV) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 

All that happens to us individually and the suffering we’ll experience as Christians in the dark days ahead as Christ’s return draws near will be nothing to the future with Him. But Romans doesn’t have to just reference the glory of heaven, but also the glory found in us after each trial through which we suffer. 

ALMOST makes me long for suffering…


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