Today, I am remembering a valuable lesson that I have been learning over the last few years as the Lord has really been stretching and changing me. This verse really sums it up:
Jesus didn't enjoy being crucified on a cross, He endured it. Why? For the joy set before Him. What was the joy set before Him? The glory that would be birthed out of His current suffering, His bride! And we, who trust in Him, are His bride! If Jesus endured that kind of torture for us, I think He might like us a little, don't you think?!!
God isn't into suffering for suffering sake, but Jesus gives our suffering so much purpose and hope as we go through it. Because in this world we will have tribulation!
So in every stretching, hard, uncomfortable, painful situation that I am in, I can remember these verses and stoke the flames of hope that burn inside by thinking of the glory and joy that will be birthed out of these light momentary afflictions! I strongly believe that this hope will not disappoint us and it will give us the strength and comfort we need to make it through the afflictions!
Have you found comfort in these scriptures? Please share in the comments below, I would love to hear your story!