My oh my! With a sigh I will try to make the best of an unexpected situation. Yesterday I posted a blog which said I was going to write a series called “Why Suffering?” Now I find I had senior moment or something like that. 😀
To my consternation, and after several hours of work, I find that I already wrote and posted my study on this topic; it was called “What the Bible says About Suffering.” Just last year! It’s much too early to do it again, but just in case I have new readers and because this subject is heavy on my heart, I am posting links for that series.
Those links include the core scriptures which support my proposition that God has a purpose for all the adversity you go through and that the suffering lasts only as long as it takes to fulfill that purpose. But I have more to say so there will be more posts to come. Some Christians understand when we are told that our suffering leads us to agape love, enables us to be kings and priests, makes us more like Jesus, prepares us to be the Bride of Christ. But how does that look in plain English?
I’m Grandma and my kids, friends, peers are hurting, so what do I tell them about pain and suffering?
Part 1: Character building https://onetahayes.com/2018/08/07/what-does-the-bible-say-re-suffering-part-1/
Part 2: To Help Others, Because of Sin, Advance the Kingdom of God https://onetahayes.com/2018/08/08/part-2-what-does-the-bible-say-re-suffering/
Part 3: Eternal Reward, Death is to Rescue Saints from Evil, Give Glory to God https://onetahayes.com/2018/08/12/part-3-what-does-the-bible-say-re-suffering/
Part 4 Statements of my opinions about suffering https://onetahayes.com/2018/08/15/part-4-what-does-the-bible-say-re-suffering/
I don’t really consider it a “senior” moment but more of a nudging by the Spirit to reiterate some important information as there is obviously an unseen need—a need that you may not see nor realize, but one that the Spirit knows…
I believe that, Julie. When I saw I was duplicating blogs, I hurriedly did an edit so I could delete. Too late, it was already in the reader and on Face Book and twitter. I couldn’t so I updated and let it go on.
See— bigger thoughts and plans ☺️
Keep spreading your wisdom and God’s words of hope.
Thanks, Kathy. You are always so encouraging. We live in a world well planned and involved in God’s attention. He cares about the details.
Yes and we need to stay out of his way 😀
Oh, Oneta II so understand those moments . . . and I agree with Julie . . . the Holy Spirit could be giving you a nudge to bring those posts back to light for indeed the suffering is increasing with each passing day!
That is what I believe. Your confirmation means so much to me. You have such great insight on the scriptures. Thanks.
“I’m Grandma and my kids, friends, peers are hurting, so what do I tell them about pain and suffering?” – do you need to tell them something? Just open your heart and give them a shoulder to lean if they want one. Somethings are better not said than understood.
That was the good thing about Job’s friends for about a week then they opened their mouths and nothing good came from it. You are right about how to help the hurting in the midst of crisis. However, letting people jump to the conclusion that God hates them is not where I will leave them. I can do very little to help one’s pain, but God can and does. I need to be “armed” when the devil sends flying darts at me. I need to model peace and faith in God that my children can see that all things do work out for good to those who are called for his purpose. Even if the result is death. I’m talking about those who have received the salvation which he has offered. Others I have to leave in the hands of a just, loving, and merciful God. And for the little ones, you have used an excellent suggestion – I will open my heart and give them a shoulder to lean on – then tell them that Jesus understands and he invites them to lean on his shoulder also. He said, “Cast your cares on me…for I care…” Stick with me and keep giving me suggestions and questions. I care.
The bearded old guy told me to go help myself so that his hands are free to take care of Oneta😊 taking care of others.
He is not short of being able to handle both of us. I appreciate it. I will blog soon about being obedient to his direction. If all Christians would do as the Holy Spirit directs, a lot of bad situations could be helped. And then there are others who could do the same. Heroes in the midst. My granddaughter was robbed at gunpoint today at a gas station. The video shows a guy standing nearby doing nothing to help. I guess it would have taken some courage to get involved.
So sorry to hear about your granddaughter. Did CCTV at the gas station capture anything about the robber? I won’t blame the onlooker. He must have his family to thknk of. What about the gas station owner?
I’m not real sure what the situation was. I guess I’ll find out more later. The kiddies were present and I did not think it was wise to discuss the matter in front of them. I don’t know the responsibility of an onlooker in this kind of case but a 911 call seems appropriate at the least. Yes, she said it was on video. When/if I get all the true info, I might blog about it. She got a whack on the head. Thanks for caring.
Yes, a 911 call definitely would have been appropriate
Some people hone in on major points of importance and yet there is always the person who does not ‘get’ it. This is a worthwhile subject to keep on pursuing. Thank you.
Thanks, Faye. Did you have a busy weekend? I notice you are doing some catch up today. You are kind to keep up and give me words of encouragement.