What do you do when you’ve suffered long? Your faith has taken major blows because it knew how to withstand the storm but not a deluge lasting for an indefinite period. You’ve been suffering so long that it has become your baseline. Discomfort is your status quo. You’ve become accustomed to pain and disappointment. Could any good possibly come of this? “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?” You cry out writhing in pain, but nothing changes. The only relief for your suffering is death. In a spiritual sense when we stop fighting the suffering and let go and die in it we will resurrect anew. Where did I get this theory from? Well from Jesus. Jesus suffered until He died but He didn’t stay dead, His suffering was a necessary pain which led to his death and ultimate resurrection.
“Now from the sixth hour, there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27:45-46
Now Jesus died for sins he didn’t commit; however, His example for us is still relevant. I submit that some of the sufferings we experience are because we refuse to die to the things that the Lord has revealed to us as needing to be laid to rest. We need to die to things that aren’t conducive to our spiritual growth & development. And when we resurrect we get up in the newness of Jesus Christ as new creatures. Suffering isn’t fun. Dying isn’t a day at the beach either, but resurrecting makes it all worth it. That victorious “get up from the grave power” makes all the suffering and the death something “light and momentary.”
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” 2 Corinthians 4:17
Stop suffering and just die already. Die to guilt, die to shame, die to perfectionism, die to doubt, die to insecurity, and unbelief. Die to anything that looks like you pre-crucifixion.
“Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11
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