“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4: 17). . . .”I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8: 18)
When cancer happened to my husband, I could hardly believe it. The usual thoughts popped into my head. . . “Cancer happens to other people, not us.” “What did we ever do to deserve this?”, and the proverbial “Why me/us?”
But the question I should have asked was, “Why not me?” After all, God had blessed me until then. I had sailed smoothly through the first fifty years of my life. God had been good to me.
Fortunately for us, Christ did not ask “why me” when He traveled the road to the cross. And the sinless Jesus did not deserve to die for the sins we have committed and will yet commit.
It’s not a question of what we deserve or don’t. This is simply life on earth. And though we are Christians, we are not exempt from the problems that go with this life. Only when we cross the great barrier from this life to the next will we know life in a perfect form. Then we will see that the tribulation was worth it. It helps us to appreciate and look forward to our afterlife, where the wonderful life that awaits us will be beyond our wildest dreams.
It is not God’s desire for us to feel anguish and despair; yet He does want us to need Him. And I, for one, certainly do.
There is a reason behind our personal trials. The Father knows that this will make us into stronger people, and will grow our faith in Him. If we handle affliction with grace, we will one day be rewarded for our perseverance.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to realize that affliction is a part of this life. Help us to accept our circumstance, knowing You will use this to mold us into the person You want us to be. Amen.
About the Author:
Lanette Kissel lives in Evansville, IN with her adopted Yorkie-Poo, Benjy. She loves writing Christian poetry, and inspirational essays. A favorite activity is singing with her church choir of nearly 150 members.
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Have you considered what life would be like if our Precious Savior had said, “Why Me?” and refused to go to the cross for us? What action could you suggest for us to try when we are caught up in feeling sorry for ourselves and find we are in the “why me’ mindset?