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Rejoicing in our suffering
with Rev Maxwell Mugabe
DATE: 20 June 2021
READING: Romans 5 verse 3-5
- In Romans 5:3-5, Paul says that we can rejoice in our sufferings because we are a people of hope: “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:3–5, ESV).
- How can we rejoice in our suffering? In the midst of suffering, we can rejoice because these challenges cause us to:
- Rely more on God’s presence which is always with us
Rejoicing in suffering does not mean celebrating when bad news comes. But, it does mean that we can believe that God is doing a redemptive work. This word “redemptive” means that God does not waste a hurt or disappointment. He is using them to shape and build us into the image of Jesus, which is his highest passion. To see a generation that regardless of the trials and tribulations will always look up to him.
When we go through suffering and pandemics like Covid we often pray and seek God more intensely than at other times, probably by the fear of death or with the hope of redemption. Sometimes God uses suffering to make us rely on his presence more.
In Psalm 23:4, David writes that he does not fear because God is with him. God’s presence is an assurance that even in difficulty moments and spheres we fear not and we fear none (nokuti tsvimbo yenyu nemudonzvo wenyu zvinondinyaradza……..). Remember that for there to be a shadow, there has to be a light. We are going through different valleys of the shadow of death through Covid-19, financial and economic setbacks etc, but I do know who the Light is that is walking with you in that valley.
We can’t determine God’s love for us based on good or bad circumstances. We determine his love based on the cross and what he did for us on it.The times that we are today are not a measure of God’s love upon us
- Rely on his provisions always
In 2 Corinthians 12:7, Paul reveals that he has suffered from a “thorn in the flesh.” God was so concerned about Paul not becoming proud he allowed this to happen to him to prevent him from becoming conceited.
In our current situations, probably God is saying to us that his grace is sufficient, maybe he is fighting for us and his church because from a distant we hear sounds and voices of capture ‘The church is captured and has been penetrated by forces so in essence we may also be experiencing the new birth of the church and even when we feel weak, he is making us stronger than we have ever been. His grace is not an abstract idea. It is the person of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. The hell you are going through may be the very circumstance God is using to take you to a whole new level.
- Rely on His authority and power
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9b, ESV).
What is your weakness? Maybe it is a son or a daughter that hasn’t quite turned out the way you thought he or she would. A job situation that has gone awry. A medical diagnosis that has scared you. Maybe, like Paul, it is also insults, hardships, or persecutions. Whatever it is, Paul says he will boast in those things because when we are weak, the power of Christ rests on us.
The greater the enemy comes at you, the greater Jesus is in you. You can only attract that which is your neighbourhood fear not your trials are tested against your strength
The greater the enemy comes at you, the greater Jesus is in you.
Maybe you hear voices telling you to just quit, give up, and let it go. Don’t stop THE GREAT REVIVAL IS HERE. When you are weak, then he is strong.
When you are weak, then he is strong. Remember the greater the attack against you, the greater Christ is in you, but you have to rely on his presence, his provision and his power.
No matter the level of suffering as a family nor as a nation we always look up to Jesus for indeed thus where our salvation comes from. As a Christian family we are not going back but we have to be stronger even during these lockdowns and always remember to rely on him.
We have been tested but we will come out more stronger. Be blessed and remember to keep praying and watch diligently