One of my favorite authors and editorial writer for the New York Times is David Brooks. He recently wrote the following: “The virus is a reminder that hardship is woven into the warp and woof of existence. Training a young person is training him or her to master hardship, to endure suffering, and by building something new from wreckage…to redeem it.”
That causes me to think about the fact that Christ redeemed the wreckage of our lives by his death on the cross and how he often uses hardship and suffering to help us see our need of him. If we seek him, he can redeem our lost condition, and he calls us to move towards him and into his open welcoming arms.
The following verses encompass these thoughts:
- Rev 3:19-20 “Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me.”
- 2 Cor 4:17-18 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
- 2 Thes 5:16-18 ”Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
We can learn to endure hardship and suffering with grace and peace knowing that God uses these things to call us to himself and builds into our lives hope, endurance and character.
Don Wolf, elder