So, the message at church today was "How to suffer well!" That is not the real title but that was the message. To say that I needed this message is an understatement. I have been dealing with some physical pain and that pain has limited me in my work, hobbies, and really every area of my life. I have tried to be strong and to keep a smile on my face believing that that is how to "suffer well". In reality that is just fake and I don't do fake. We are not called to fake our way through the suffering.
Romans 8:28 Tells us that God will work all things together for good. (I have heard 2 sermons this week on this very verse) We have hope and Hope is the reason for the suffering. Hope is in charge; not pain, not loss, not sorrow. Hope! Hope is found in suffering. Romans 8:31 says "What shall we say to these things? If God is for us (and He is for us!) Than who can be against us? So, in physical, emotional suffering I will have Hope.