Our Own Worst Enemy
He has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. (PSALM 22:24)
We’re often our own worst enemy when it comes to suffering. Headaches and stress can be made worse by bitterness or anger. We can be injured in a car accident by choosing to disobey a signal or a law of the road. So it’s a legitimate response to examine ourselves before God to determine if we’re suffering because of personal sin. Or because of someone else’s sin.
Yet your suffering may be no one’s fault.
John 9:1–3 describes a situation when Jesus’ disciples were sure the man’s handicap was someone’s fault. Jesus said, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned… but this happened so the work of God might be displayed in his life” (v. 3).
God’s grace and power seem to reach their peak when we’re at our weakest. You can glory in your weakness and rejoice in your suffering because it gives God an opportunity to display His work in your life.
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