Hope to the Suffering

Inspired from reading Psalm 102

The afflicted one

Cries out for mercy

He feels all alone

He burns to smoke

Never again remembered

He weeps

But no one hears

.

The scorned one

Cries out for mercy

He feels rejected by men

He is cursed on

Every tongue on every side

He weeps

But no one turns an eye

.

The dying one

Cries out for mercy

He feels so abandoned

He is broken and spent

Never to be loved again

He weeps

But no one cares

.

“Oh, God!

Why don’t You hear me?

I feel lost and afraid!

I need from You some mercy

I’m in such agony

Do You love me?

Do You care?”

~

HOPE TO THE SUFFERING

1. You are not alone

1 Peter 1: 8Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

2. Our Savior suffered too

Isaiah 53: 3He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.

Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

5But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

3. We are being conformed to Christ’s likeness

Romans 8: 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whoi have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

4. There is coming an end

Revelation 21: 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

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