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Hope In Suffering

When I opened my Bible to read Jeremiah 1 through 4, the subhead ascribed to the book startled me: “Hope in Time of Weeping.” I almost cried. The timing was perfect, as I was walking through a season of weeping over the death of my mom.

I felt much the same way after hearing my pastor’s sermon the day before. The title was “Joy in Suffering,” taken from 1 Peter 1:3-9. He gave us an illustration from his own life: the one-year anniversary of his father’s death. The sermon was meaningful for many, but for me it was a gift from God. These and other events were indications backed up by His Word that God would not leave me alone in my grief.

Even though the way of sorrow is hard, God sends reminders of His enduring presence. To the Israelites expelled from the Promised Land due to disobedience, God made His presence known by sending prophets like Jeremiah to offer them hope—hope for reconciliation through repentance. And to those He leads through times of testing, He shows His presence through a community of believers who “love one another fervently with a pure heart” (1 Peter 1:22). These indications of God’s presence during trials on earth affirm God’s promise of the living hope awaiting us at the resurrection.

Does Jesus care when I’ve said goodbye
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
Is it aught to Him? Does He see? O yes, He cares! —Graeff
We need never be ashamed of our tears. —Dickens

Insight

The apostle Peter wrote his letters to a church that was enduring persecution for their faith. Though the “various trials” they were experiencing (1 Peter 1:6) may not be the same type of trials we must endure, the source of the strength to endure is the same. We are not alone in our trials, and our endurance in them is not due to our inner strength. It is God Himself who strengthens us to endure. We are kept by the power of God (v.5), so that our faith praises, honors, and glorifies Christ (v.7).

20 thoughts on “Hope In Suffering

  1. eternallyhis says:

    doctor-perspective,
    As is usually the case, I really enjoyed both of your posts today.
    I would like to offer another way of getting beyond those feelings of anger, hurt, etc. associated with forgiveness.
    I was told and know to be true, there is Power in the Name of Jesus (wonder working power in the Blood of the Lamb).
    I’m almost always so late in the day to post my comments, you might have missed what I wrote yesterday, November 23rd. And because it is getting so late today, I’m thinking it might be best if I copy and paste it in tomorrow’s comment section. As I will do (Lord willing) soon after I post this. God’s best to all.

  2. mycherieshorb says:

    This is a sign from God. I have just been broken up with by what I thought to be the love of my life. We have a beautiful blended family, things were not perfect but they were going fine…so I thought. My heart is aching in a way that I cannot explain. I prayed for Him to help me ease my pain. For some reason, there was a new Our Daily Bread on our table, of course it’s for future months but I decided I needed to read today’s, it was about suffering, wow. I don’t want to lose him. I wish he could just see value in what we have. If am not to be with him, please Lord, help me through this. If I am to be with him, Lord please open his heart. It hurts so deep. I feel desperate. I feel weak. I am handing this over to You, Lord, I know I cannot do this on my own.

  3. bondserve says:

    Dr. P, good stuff as always. Keep on providing these extra portions of bread for the soul. If I don’t always comment on your posts, please know I read and appreciate them, but you already get lots of comments. I just feel that other people may also benefit by someone commenting on their posts, and I hope to spread the love around evenly. Blessings!

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