Words from the Heart for Saturday August 20th, 2016
In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
1 Peter 5:10 (NLT)
When the Suffering Ends
Do you ever feel like the sufferings of life never stop? Do the trials keep coming? There is a day coming when every wrong will be made right, every tear wiped dry, every sorrow turned into joy. As you wait for that future day, remember that today’s trials are not the end of the story!
It is likely that Canadians have never suffered more than they did during the Great Depression. When the stock markets crashed on Black Thursday, October 24, 1929 every sector of the Canadian economy was devastated. Canada was one of the hardest hit by the economic crisis. Our economy was largely based on the export of things like pulp and paper, wood and wheat. These three resources represented two-thirds of Canadian exports and accounted for much of the country’s prosperity. Because the Depression was global, the countries that had traditionally imported these Canadian products adopted protectionist measures to defend their own markets. Agriculture, industry, commerce and services were all negatively impacted. By 1933, three in ten Canadians were out of work. Government assistance programs were almost non-existent and thousands of men crisscrossed the country, looking for jobs which didn’t exist.
The suffering of the Great Depression wouldn’t end until the end of the 1930’s and the beginning of the Second World War. When the Apostle Peter wrote his first letter, it was to a church that was suffering and the suffering had been going on for some time. I wish I could say that no Christians today suffer for their faith, but as the Church grows so does suffering and persecution. In his day, Peter wrote his letter to encourage the believers and 1 Peter 5:10 he writes this: “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” God is aware when we face the challenges of life and in particular, God is aware of those who are suffering for their faith. It is not always easy to look at the big picture when the suffering is taking place. But God gives a promise that it won’t always be as bad as it is right now. And just as those who are suffering are sharing in the suffering of Christ, God promises that He will restore, support and strengthen those who are facing what seems to be, from a worldly view, an impossibility. Whatever you are facing right now, God is aware and He is right there with you with a great promise.
These have been words from the heart.