Thursday, June 4, 2020

Deuteronomy 16:1-22; Song of Solomon 6:10-8:14; Luke 11:1-13

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake. Philippians 1:29

Often God pairs suffering with salvation. When we view suffering as His gift, our acceptance of it leads us to experience a deeper fellowship with Christ, attaining a greater knowledge of Him. Being identified with Christ is a great privilege and gives value to our suffering. Knowing that suffering is temporary and light compared to our future eternal weight of glory, let us allow it to strengthen, motivate, and fill us with hope. —George Ferrier

And when this cup You give is filled to brimming,
With bitter suffering, hard to understand,
We take it thankfully and without trembling,
Out of so good and so beloved a hand. —D. Bonhoeffer