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Suffering Together

FAITH BOOSTER:

Suffering Together[Sept.16,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.1 Corinthians 12:26

Also Read 1 Corinthians 12:14–26(NIV)

In 2013, seventy-year-old James McConnell, a British Royal Marine veteran, died. McConnell had no family, and staff from his nursing home feared no one would attend his funeral. A man tapped to officiate McConnell’s memorial service posted a Facebook message: “In this day and age it is tragic enough that anyone has to leave this world with no one to mourn their passing, but this man was family. . . . If you can make it to the graveside . . . to pay your respects to a former brother in arms, then please try to be there.” Two hundred Royal Marines packed the pews!

These British compatriots exhibited a biblical truth: we’re tied to one another. “The body is not made up of one part, but of many,” Paul says (1 Corinthians 12:14). We’re not isolated. Just the opposite: we’re bound in Jesus. Scripture reveals organic interconnection: “If one member suffers, all the members suffer” (v. 26 nasb). As believers in Jesus, members of God’s new family, we move toward one another into the pain, into the sorrow, into those murky places where we would fear to go alone. But thankfully we do not go alone.

Perhaps the worst part of suffering is when we feel we’re drowning in the dark all by ourselves. God, however, creates a new community that suffers together. A new community where no one should be left in the dark.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • When have you felt most alone?
  • How does God’s grace, kindness, and friendship help you deal with loneliness?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Is it true, God? Have You really placed me in a new community that knows and loves me in my suffering? Help me to believe this. 

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Why Me?

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Why Me? [May 27,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?(Job 7:20)

Also Read Job 7:17–21

The Book of Odds says that one in a million people are struck by lightning. It also says that one in 25,000 experiences a medical condition called “broken heart syndrome” in the face of overwhelming shock or loss. In page after page the odds of experiencing specific problems pile up without answering: What if we’re the one?

Job defied all odds. God said of him, “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8). Yet Job was chosen to suffer a series of losses that defied all odds. Of all people on earth, Job had reason to beg for an answer. It’s all there for us to read in chapter after chapter of his desperate struggle to understand, “Why me?”

Job’s story gives us a way of responding to the mystery of unexplained pain and evil. By describing the suffering and confusion of one of God’s best examples of goodness and mercy (ch. 25), we gain an alternative to the inflexible rule of sowing and reaping (4:7–8). By providing a backstory of satanic mayhem (ch. 1) and an afterword (42:7–17) from the God who would one day allow His Son to bear our sins, the story of Job gives us reason to live by faith rather than sight.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How do you feel about a God who sometimes allows suffering without explanation?
  • How does the story of Job help you understand this?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

God of creation, Giver of life, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, please help us to trust You more than our own eyes and hearts.

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-Witness Ministries-

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Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta