Today’s scripture: 2 Timothy 3:10-12
One of the greatest tragedies is when a person of faith experiences suffering
or pain, and then turns his back on that faith. Somehow, he expected a joyful
and peaceful life, and when things don’t happen according to his plan, he
People like this clearly didn’t read the Bible. While we’re certainly promised
a “peace that surpasses comprehension” (Phil 4:7) and joy, we’re also promised
suffering. In fact, a great verse that talks about joy connects it directly
with trials and tribulations (James 1:2).
Paul certainly experienced pain and suffering and persecution much worse than
most of us will. Beaten. Shipwrecked. Imprisoned. Hunger. Thirst. (See 2 Cor.11:23-27.) Yet, he rejoiced in his sufferings. In 2 Corinthians 12, he wrote of
a “thorn,” something that weakened him. It may have been a chronic illness,
according to some scholars, but it was something that caused weakness. Even
through whatever pain he experienced, he “took pleasure” (NKJV) or was “well
content” (NASB) because he knew God was using that “thorn” to show His strength
And if he hadn’t made it clear enough, he wrote to Timothy that “all who desire
to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
But we’re not alone in our suffering. The Lord will rescue us. He will walk
alongside us and carry us when we can’t even walk. Christ’s power dwells in us,
just it did in Paul.
What are you experiencing today that’s shaken your faith? Chronic health
issues? Loss of a loved one? Financial difficulties?
Don’t let your sufferings turn you away from the One stronger than any trial or
persecution. No. Turn to Him. His “grace is sufficient.” In fact, it’s more
than sufficient to get you through.