Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Joy in Suffering - C.J. Mahaney

Those who know true joy in the midst of suffering are those who recognize that, in this life, our suffering is never as great or as serious as our sins. As Jonathan Edwards wrote, "How far less [are] the greatest afflictions that we meet with in this world . . . than we have deserved." That's the divine perspective of suffering. Regardless of the severity of suffering we experience in this life, it will always be less than what we have deserved for our sins.

So how will we respond when our circumstances seem to contradict God's character and promise? How will we react when God appears idle to us, when He seems to be tolerating sin and refusing to relieve suffering? How will we respond when life doesn't make sense? . . . Will we be complaining? Or trusting? Will we react to our trials with anger or resentment or indignation - or by asking God to be glorified in and through our suffering?
from "Humility: True Greatness" by C.J. Mahaney, page 149.

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