The Hard Stuff
- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 11/28/2008
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
It is tough dealing with the hard stuff. Especially when there is so much irrational pain. It hurts even more when talking about it brings no relief, comfort or clarity. So what is next? What do you do? Hold on tight and wait. Keep doing what you know is right and what you know needs to be done. The relief may not come now, tomorrow or for a long time but there is some consolation. It is found in the end of all things.
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
There is also other things to be done. Frame your pain in Jesus' It can bring whole new meaning and insight.
Also, remember the tangible benefits of suffering. Here is couple of many..
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)
"And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:3-5)