THE CROSS: SUFFERING PT.10
Psalm 34:19 NKJV Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
Does that scripture resonate in your heart? Have you had many afflictions? The word affliction means adversity, calamity, distress, evil, and breaking to pieces. I am sure; one of those words describes where you have been or where you are at the present time. As you take up your cross and begin to walk in a Christ like way it sometimes seem like the afflictions rapidly increase. It becomes very obvious that difficult situation don’t disappear just because I am carrying my cross as Jesus commanded (Luke 9:23). But Jesus set the example for us when He suffered and carried that cross on Via Dolorosa with us in mind. It was not necessary for Him to carry it for Himself but He did it because it was the wisdom of God for our victory. Psalms 16 says that the Lord kept the Lord always in front of His eyes (Psalms 16:9). Jesus’ focus was not on the suffering but the Father and the joy set before Him which was our victory. When I am carrying my cross following Jesus, I must keep my eyes on Jesus and know that I am going to experience resurrection. I was struck in the movie the “Passion” when Simon was carrying the cross with Jesus and he looked over at Jesus and I thought that is what I also need to do. When hardship comes and adversity strikes I need to turn and look at Jesus who is there with me helping me walk through the situation and encouraging me to get stronger and not bitter. I may not know why I am under attack but I am going to stay trusting God because I have seen His love as He walked under great pain and was victorious and I know I can do the same. Keep focusing on the understanding that Jesus had to suffer but He was resurrected and the same thing will happen to us because of the faithfulness of the Lord.
Scripture: Psalm 34:19 (NKJV) Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.