Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Momentary Suffering - Part 2

Two weeks.  I am so ashamed.  It has been two full weeks since I’ve cracked my Bible and resumed this Philippians Bible study.

It has been two full weeks that I’ve argued with myself back and forth about willingly embracing suffering.  And as I write this, I think, but I’m suffering either way - illness versus dietary changes.

And you’re thinking:  What a dork!  Putting so much unnecessary energy on food consumption.  We’ve all had some battle with our diets.  Put on your big girl panties and deal with it already!

A Woman Used by God

Then I read in Romans 8:18 (NASB):
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Now, Paul is explaining that we are heirs of Christ.  Therefore we suffer with Him through mockery, ridicule, physical persecution.  But we are also heirs to His glory in the resurrection of our bodies and complete Christlikeness.

Yet, this verse answers the struggle I’ve been wrestling with all week - that this dietary observation is but a mere wrinkle in time, only a drop in the bucket.  And the inevitable sufferings necessary during this transformation is of no comparison to the vitality, life, and health on the other side. 

So, yes, I do need to put on my big girl panties.  But not because I’m a dork (well, maybe a little), but because God has so much awaiting me, so much to reveal to me on the other side of healing. 

(And yes, I know, yet again, I totally took that verse out of context.)

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