“Everybody wants resurrection, but nobody wants suffering!”
I read this quote recently in an article I was reading, and it caused me to stop in my tracks and ponder its truth.
What a revolutionary quote, especially for our world today! In the Easter season that we just celebrated, we are reminded overwhelmingly of the suffering that Jesus endured as he was mocked, made fun of, spat upon, whipped, beaten, forced to carry his own weighty cross, crucified, and left to die. So much more suffering than we can even comprehend warranted the Resurrection that nobody deserved. For there to have been the resurrection of Jesus, there must have first been His suffering.
Now, what does this mean for my life?
You can’t have healing without first having been sick. Improvement does not happen before decline. Neglect is the precursor for a restoration.
Everyone wants the story of a miraculous healing or a powerful awakening or a triumphant return without having to endure disease, trip and fall, or crumble under the weight of life.
Just like God will never leave us or forsake us, He will also not allow the trials of life to be unused to proclaim His glory. In James 1, we are reminded that when trials come our way we should consider it an opportunity for great joy. The great joy is in knowing that our faith will grow and His glory revealed. Resurrection from suffering.
In your suffering, look at it through this lense of Christ who sees the resurrection that is coming.