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HOPE IN SUFFERING

Our Daily Bread - Wednesday, November 24, 2016
by RBC Ministries
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HOPE IN SUFFERING

READ:
1 Peter 1:3-9

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
-1 Peter 1:6

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Ezekiel 22-23
1 Peter 1

When I opened my Bible to read Jeremiah 1 through 4, the subhead ascribed to the book startled me: “Hope in time of weeping.” I almost cried. The timing was perfect, as I was walking through a season of weeping over the death of my mom.
I felt much the same way after hearing my pastor’s sermon the day before. The title was “Joy in Suffering,” taken from 1 Peter 1:3-9. He gave us an illustration from his own life: the one-year anniversary of his father’s death. The sermon was meaningful for many, but for me it was a gift from God. These and other events were indications backed up by His Word that God would not leave me alone in my grief.
Even though the way of sorrow is hard, God send reminders of His enduring presence. To the Israelites expelled from the Promised Land due to disobedience, God made His presence known by sending prophets like Jeremiah to offer them hope – hope for reconciliation through repentance. And to those He leads through times of testing, He shows His presence through a community of believers who “love one another fervently with a pure heart” (1 Peter 1:22). These indications of God’s presence during trials on earth affirm God’s promise of the living hope awaiting us at the resurrection. – Julie Ackerman Link
Does Jesus care when I’ve said goodbye
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
Is it aught to Him? Does He see? O yes, He cares! – Graeff


We need never be ashamed of our tears. - Dickens




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