That’s what my best friend said to me. I was looking at the text thinking, “Is he crazy? He shouldn’t be saying this to me!” Truth is, he’s a real friend so yes he should’ve. I just didn’t want to hear it. I was going through one of my complaining spells. You know the woe is me and confused as to why God allows so many things to happen in my life and body knowing I hate pain. He said, “Do you think you feel entitled? Sounds like some pride is in there. You may want to check your ego.” I was floored AND annoyed so of course I didn’t respond lol but deep down, I knew he was right. For that moment, I made this ALL about me and what I feel God “owes” me from my suffering. The reality is we’re really only promised suffering here on this Earth. 2 Timothy 2 and John 16 discuss as how good soldiers we’ll suffer on Earth but we shouldn’t be afraid because He has overcome the world. Our true “blessings” and “glory” lie in heaven. Everything else we receive on Earth couples with our decisions and God’s sovereignty. A part of that will be suffering, regardless of the area it’s in. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul talks about the “thorn in his flesh” that he believes was given to keep him from exalting himself. He asked the Lord THREE times to take it away and the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
This scripture lays the blueprint for EVERYTHING we face. It’s no surprise to God and if you’re there, it’s for a reason. Even when we make decisions that result in “bad” consequences in the end, they’re used to work for our good. I know some of the issues with my body are a result of poor choices, which I’m correcting, AND the Lord using me to show his glory with the things I cannot control. After all, how can His glory and majesty be shown if He has no one or nothing to show it through? Suffering is HARD but it’s NOT as hard as the CROSS so I promise you, you’ll make it! We NEED that support team to get through these times and it really makes all the difference. I didn’t like what he said but I needed to hear it and those are the type of people you need in your circle. The moment we forget what He’s already done and that’s He’s NOT OBLIGATED to do anything else, we’ve lost sight. He doesn’t owe us another thing BUT He’s such a good father, He provides anyway. In a sermon series entitled Delivery Room, Pastor Philip Mitchell said, “God doesn’t promise an explanation but He promises a destination.” Even when it doesn’t make sense, I choose to follow and trust Him because my way wasn’t working. So, let’s all check our ego and be grateful for the good, bad, & ugly.