Today’s Scripture: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16
|In my years of travel, I have been to Fiji over thirty times and have had the privilege of visiting the royal island. During one of my trips, they showed me the ancient temple where the native people described to me what was buried along with the four massive pillars of the structure. When a new temple was erected, four groups of ten of the strongest men from neighboring villages were captured and forced into the open holes that had been dug for the posts. These men would hold the post erect while the men above would bury them alive. For this particular temple on the king’s island, the men refused to capture others from the neighboring villages and instead exclaimed ‘But this is for the king! We will do it!’ and they jumped in-willingly buried alive in service to their king. The bones of those forty men still remain around those posts. The Fijians have the mindset that if something is right to do, you do it no matter the cost.
None of us have paid that price for our Savior. But within the Christian life we must know that in grace there is both satisfaction and suffering. There is satisfaction in being part of God’s marvelous creation, His work here on earth, and in teaching, preaching, and soul-winning. But, there is suffering that we must endure, too-emotional, physical, and spiritual suffering that results from living in a fallen world. Sometimes we feel like the price is too high. Do any of us have the ability to understand the power that is involved in carrying us through life and throughout all of eternity? Christ suffered an eternity of hell, agony, and isolation from God in those moments that the sun went dark on Calvary’s hill. He took all the penalty of our sin and extended to us His all-sufficient grace.
When you are truly hurting, how can you find that balance between suffering and satisfaction? You can do so by realizing who Jesus is. He is your creator and without Him was not anything made. (Hebrews 1:3) He is the sustainer of all things. Without Him, the whole universe would collapse. He is the One who is always thinking about you. (Psalm 40:17) He is constantly guiding you. (Psalm 32:8) At this moment, He is the One holding you. (John 10:28) He is living within you. (John 17:23) Right now, He is loving you and is empowering you! (Philippians 3:10) He is personally there strengthening you. (Ephesians 3:16) He is assuring you that all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
Sometimes we just need to get to the point where we can’t keep going in our own strength, so we can see that only God can uphold us. Whatever pain you are feeling right now, Jesus is feeling. In the wee hours of the morning or the lonely hours in the evening, remember God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tested above what you are able. Friend, if He is doing all that for you every hour of every day, don’t you think you can hold on through the storm? Choose today to find satisfaction in the suffering.