The Joy of… Suffering?

Devotional Thought of the Day:

8  “But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one, descended from Abraham my friend, 9  I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. 10  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:8-10 (NLT)

254         An incurable illness restricted his movements. And yet he cheerfully assured me: “The illness suits me well and I love it more all the time. If I were given the choice, I would be born again this way a hundred times!”(1)

 Moreover, the people are instructed often and with great diligence concerning the holy sacrament, why it was instituted, and how it is to be used (namely, as a comfort for terrified consciences) in order that the people may be drawn to the Communion and Mass  (2)

I have the honor to visit a 97 year old lady for about 10 minutes a week.  She lives with some other eldery people around the corner.   It isn’t much of a visit by the world’s standards, but it is one I treasure.

She has lived a fascinating life, one that would have me asking her to tell the stories from, for she has worked in places that I find extremely fascinating. But with the strength she has, just a few minutes of hearing about God working with our preschoolers, and a prayer of blessing, and it is time to leave.

Yet her contentment is amazing, her joy as she sees me is so evident.  She doesn’t mind her weakness.  She seems to treasure our brief moments together.  This incredible lady, me, and the God who loves us so!  A few moments that make such an incredible difference.. in my life.

It is hard to look at her weariness, for the smile and the assurance of her love for God overwhems it.  She is more at peace than so many I know.  So much more full of joy.  Despite the suffering, despite the hours spent alone.

There are all different types of suffering.  Suffering can be caused by evil oppression, by poverty, by health, by age, by loneliness?

But what we find in the suffering makes all the difference in the world.  In this time of Advent, can we find Christ there?  Can we find the joy of having no other hope but that which is found in Christ Jesus?  The hope of sharing in His glory?

When we do, when in the midst of the pain we hear His voice; when we realize the comfort Jesus brings to us in the Lord’s Supper; in those moments of prayer when we can only listen, and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to us, that is when the quiet joy comes flooding through our souls.  That is when the brokenness finds healing.

That is when we know we are loved.

Such a joyous thought…

I pray that you and I would know God’s love that deeply, with that assurance, at any age, in any situation.  Because of that love, may joy be generated at our very core.



(1) Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). Furrow (Kindle Locations 1244-1246). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

(2)  Tappert, T. G. (Ed.). (1959). The Book of Concord the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. (p. 56). Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

Posted on December 2, 2015, in Devotions, The Furrow and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

ProgrammerPlays' Bible Blog

When I say "Everything", that includes the Bible!

Neurodivergent Rebel

Rebelling against a culture that values assimilation over individuality.

Be Inspired..!!

Listen to your inner has all the answers..

Helping People Navigate the Intersection Between Theology, Technology & Popular Culture

Julian Stockwin

action-adventure historical fiction

Lynette Noni

Embrace The Wonder

Kosovo Baseball Initiative

Bringing Baseball to Kosovo

Annalisa Drew

The Ski Adventures of Annalisa Drew

Everyone Loves Sex: So Why Wait?

Just another site


Just another site

A Good Life

Leaving Cancer Behind

Do Not Fear but Believe

Jesus tells us to be not afraid, so choose wisely

W.onderful W.orld of W.adholms

Random Reflections on Life, Theology, and the Bible

Good Morning Jesus

Let's have a daily conversation with Jesus!

46 Psalm

Be still and know that I am God

Christy Rawls :: Encouraging, Equipping, Empowering Others

E3 Ministries Director, Non-Profit Director, Teacher, Speaker, Encourager

%d bloggers like this: