God is teaching me about suffering.
The message given to me was:
We can do more than know about God.
We can know God.
We can be with God, now.
Now, the Word burning on my heart is:
We can make God known.
As I pressed into this, and dug to unearth the marvelous treasure of this revelation, the first means of making God known that the Spirit began to tutor me in was suffering.
It has been put on my heart to dispel several prevalent yet errant notions about suffering.
One being that because I may be suffering, that something must be wrong, that I’ve done something wrong or that I must not be in the perfect will of God.
But “living right” or “being in the will of God” does not give us a pass on suffering.
Bad things have happened and will happen to even God’s most faithful elect.
In that sin has entered the world it made it so that everyone will suffer, even the best man, the perfect man, Jesus, was not excepted.
We do not have a choice whether we will suffer, but we can choose who our suffering will serve.
It may very well be that you are suffering not because you’re not in the will of God, but precisely because you are, and He has entrusted to you the honor and privilege of making Him known through the ministry of your suffering.
Not only do I hope to share how to survive these inevitable seasons of suffering, but to thrive in the midst of them, by God’s grace being plump grapes in the desert —a fig tree producing in incompatible seasons, giving life and bearing fruit abundantly for the saving of souls to the glory of His name.
In the coming days and weeks, I hope to unpack that and share what God reveals about how to suffer in a series called Glorious Suffering.