Summary: Illustration.Suffering is the pursuit of Endurance to Persevere...
Illustration.Suffering is the pursuit of Endurance to Persevere through to the end,trusting with a reverence to The Father that He's in control of our lives,Only when we come to him with a surrendered Heart and on Humbled knees.It demonstrates our "Faith" in the world around us.
The greatest hitter in the world:
A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strutted through the backyard, wearing his baseball cap and toting a ball and bat. "I'm the greatest hitter in the world," he announced.
Then, he tossed the ball into the air, swung at it, and missed.
"Strike One!" he yelled. Undaunted, he picked up the ball and said again, "I'm the greatest hitter in the world!" He tossed the ball into the air.
When it came down he swung again and missed. "Strike Two!" he cried. The boy then paused a moment to examine his bat and bail carefully. He spit on his hands and rubbed them together.
He straightened his cap and said once more, "I'm the greatest hitter in the world!" Again he tossed the ball up in the air and swung at it. He missed. "Strike Three!"
"Wow!" he exclaimed. "I'm the greatest pitcher in the world!"
"Suffer".... in old English means "allow" or "permit".
experience or be subjected to (something bad or unpleasant):
Gaining a New Wisdom From Endurance or to say "He suffered it"....
In our suffering,We draw closer to God and he to us,because,He see's a need growing within us that needs some attention.When this happens,He starts growing with promise and a movement on a positive note.The "Promise is being "Wiser" at the end of our suffering!But on the other hand, He also says,"Don't get comfortable yet..Our lives are as mountains and valleys.After a few of these trials ,We are blessed with the "God-Given" wisdom to know what we need to do,to get through these trying times in our lives!You see,as we go through life,we all,Live and Learn,When in all actuality,We are being conditioned by the almighty God,isn't that a wonderful thing , to know how in control he really is?We've all heard the old saying,"For God brought us to it,He'll get us through it!"AMEN!! But here is also a truth saying...He never said it would be easy,But it would be worth it! signed...Jesus
From my own account,and as a testimony,We become as stagnant water when were not growing in the word,the spirit,and missing out on the blessing of wisdom of Gods love for us through Christ Jesus.
Jesus didn't sit around in his time,He was constantly on the move,From one town to the next,spreading the Gospels.Here is what happens when we aren't moving forward,where there is no progression in our lives,The Enemy moves in and begins to hunker-down and hold us back from making any progress in life,and that's a scary thought!That's his nature,to keep us from the will of God.
Lets look at Matthew 5:1-12
The Sermon on the Mount,
Can you imagine what was going through Jesus mind at the multitudes of people,that were there to hear him speak.He knew that he was going to have to "suffer" the people to get his message across to them!But we see the suffering being turned into a positive and verse 12 is the result of his endurance and that is "REJOICE"!!and be exceeding glad,For great is your reward in Heaven: For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.He's not only saying "Be Blessed",but showing us the positive out-come of persevering any suffering that come up in our lives.
Now,if we look at Matthew 10:22-23
Remember what I said about that it would be worth it?
Here is the answer Jesus gives us and that is...."ETERNAL LIFE" all rapped us a single word"SAVED"
When we endure,not only Jesus shows us how,but what to do next.The result of suffering is Wisdom and the "KNOW_HOW" about getting through it when it comes around again.All we have to do is just stick with it or to "Endure" to the end,God always shows us the way out,only if we just simply make a stand of Faith and trust in his timing!!James gives an example of "PATIENCE IN SUFFERING"
5:7 So be patient, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s return. Think of how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the ground and is patient for it until it receives the early and late rains. 5:8 You also be patient and strengthen your hearts, for the Lord’s return is near. 5:9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be judged. See, the judge stands before the gates! 5:10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name. 5:11 Think of how we regard as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and you have seen the Lord’s purpose, that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. 5:12 And above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath. But let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall into judgment.