Suffering is painful. It is often something I thought as just what we go through in this life. Often I think we get to a point in our suffering where we feel as if we just need to grin and bear it. We think this has just become our lot in life, it will never end, and therefore we just look forward to the reward we will receive in heaven.
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. Psalm 71:20
God has definitely spoken to my heart about the reward certain people who live a life of suffering will receive in heaven. It’s a reward that we cannot see, and God has assured me that it is something far greater than I can ever imagine.
But lately God has also been showing me the beauty of restoration. He has shown me that whatever the enemy has stolen God will return double to us here on this earth.
We may not be able to understand loss in our life, or even suffering. Some suffering is temporary, but some is not. All loss will last a lifetime.
The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:14
If you have ever lost a loved one then you know the grief, and the pain you suffer, around that loss doesn’t completely go away. If you suffer daily from a chronic illness, or have a loved one who does, then you know that unless the Lord intervenes and heals the body, then this suffering will be for the rest of their life.
Loss and suffering isn’t something we can avoid, but our hope is always in the promises of God.
His promise is this: Everything we lose and suffer goes into a box called “all the things the enemy has stolen from me.” THEN GOD takes all of that and redeems it. We have hope in knowing that even though it may not end the way we hope, God will turn it into something even greater than we could ever imagine. That’s not including the reward we will receive in heaven…
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. – Psalm 23:3