Wednesday, February 11, 2004 10:30 a.m.
It is hard when we are in the middle of a trial to see past the trial. Our spiritual eyes are blinded by the pain. I know; I’ve been there. But at least we always have the comfort to know that God knows what we are suffering. He allowed it. God feels our pain. It is a comfort to be able to pray to a loving, caring Father and fall upon our face in tears and cry out for help. I’m sure Jesus felt this way in the Garden of Gethsemane. He, too, fell upon His face and cried out to His Father. And for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the pain, even the pain of the cross (Hebrews 12:2). I know that nothing we suffer compares to what Jesus suffered, but for the joy of being drawn closer to our heavenly Father we are to endure the pain. God has a holy purpose for it. Perhaps we’ll never know that purpose until we get to heaven. That’s why we must just trust Him and not be blinded by the pain.
Thought for Today: “If I cannot commit the matter to God and go on in peace and in silence, remembering Gethsemane and the cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love” (Amy Carmichael).