Summary of passages: Various passages for the day.
10) Part personal Question. My answers:
Psalm 23: God gives everything: green pastures, quiet waters, restores the soul, righteousness, Himself, comfort, food, overflowing cup, anoints us, goodness, love, and eternal life.
Matthew 11:28-9: God gives rest and knowledge.
1 Corinthians 10:13: He does not give us any more than we can bear and provides us a way out when we are tempted. He is faithful.
1 Corinthians 12:6-10: God gives us the Holy Spirit which gives us wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues.
Hebrews 4:14-16: Mercy and grace through faith in Jesus.
Revelation 21:4: He wipes away every tear and after the Second Coming there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain.
Honestly, I’m not suffering right now. I’m in a season of blessing and extremely grateful for it. However, knowing God provides grace, mercy, comfort, basic needs, wisdom, a way out of temptation, and goodness is indescribably empowering in any season of life.
11) Part personal Question. My answer: “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12 Rejoice in suffering for it is a privilege and a way to participate in Christ’s glory. 1 Peter 4:12-19 We comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we have received from God so they may have patient endurance as well. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Love says Colossians 3:14 Verse 17 says whatever we do, do all in Jesus’s name, thanking God.
I try to offer words of comfort when those around me are in pain or suffering, or grieving. I try to love as Christ would love. Recently, an acquaintance’s dog passed away and an old colleague of mine lost his wife. I tried to offer up words of comfort in those situations.
Conclusions: Good reminder of how to help others who are suffering because often without God those who lose a loved one can become lost. Ironic how we brought suffering into this world and death and God could easily have turned His back on us and let us wallow in our own misery. Instead, He is there and He comforts for He feels our pain. What an awesome God we worship!
Conclusions to Lesson 18: Whole lesson on suffering. Not sure we’ve ever done this before in BSF where we’ve deviated so much from the book(s) we are studying and dived into a topic in the Bible. The Bible does speak on suffering a lot and we’ve looked at the majority of the passages on suffering. We could call this the study of Revelation and Suffering in the Bible. Fitting? You make the call.
Didn’t realize there were so many ways to ask the same question: why do we suffer, how do you suffer, and what is its purpose. It all points back to Jesus (even when we comfort others) and I wish we could have kept it that simple.
This Lesson for me was relatively quick to complete because we have done so much previous work on suffering. Looking up the passages is time consuming but answering them is not. Back to Revelation next week!