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October 8, 2017 - Rethinking Suffering - Mark 7:31-37

posted Oct 25, 2017, 11:59 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Oct 25, 2017, 12:00 PM ]
  • No one likes suffering. According to traditional wisdom, suffering is not good.
  • We want suffering to be removed and we try to avoid it at all cost. That is why we are more apt to go to God in prayer asking Him to relieve our suffering, just like the deaf/mute man’s friends did, than at almost any other time.
  • We think this must surely be Jesus’ view as well, because look what He does for the deaf/mute man.
  • Facing suffering raises a lot of questions. These questions lead us down a dark path of doubt in God, doubt in His power, doubt in His love and His mercy, and for some people even to question whether they can ultimately believe in God.
  • Jesus has done and continues to do everything well.
  • Jesus not only offers us His healing hand but also the promise of heaven. We will not suffer forever. Our suffering will be over someday.
  • For all of us who suffer but don’t have the luxury of a miraculous healing – we have this: We understand that Jesus does everything well, including the suffering He allows to come into our lives.
  • God can receive glory through our lives….
    • By the way we accept the suffering He calls us to endure.
    • When He heals us of our suffering.
    • When He calls us out of suffering to be with Him in heaven.
Rethinking Traditional Wisdom Series
by
Pastor Jim Spon | Mark 7:31-37