Hope When It Hurts {pt 3}

“The Lonely Path to the Summit”

In 2 Corinthians 4:10-12, Paul summarizes all that he is facing in two phrases—he is “carrying in the body the death of Jesus,” but not without purpose, for it is “so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” Following a suffering and rejected Savior in a fallen world will involve suffering—both because the world is fallen and because the world rejects its King. But when we suffer and choose to trust Christ through the trials we face, we are filled with His power and presence, reflecting His image to those around us.

The road of hurt is marked by hope. But we shouldn’t underestimate that this road can, at times, be lonely. It was for Jesus, and it will be for those who follow in His steps.

I have discovered within me a thankfulness for the lonely road I have been given to travel. Walking it has brought me a greater understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and to know him not only as my Savior, but my comfort, sustainer, hope, and strength. There’s something about having our worldly comforts stripped away, and company around us falling away, that allows us to begin to experience the true depth, length, and height of his love for us.

  • Jesus knows the pain of loneliness.
  • He knows the loneliness of being misunderstood,
  • the loneliness of being rejected by his own family,
  • the loneliness of praying in agony while his closest friends drifted off to sleep nearby,
  • and the loneliness of being abandoned by his Father.
  • And he did it all for you.

One day, the road will end, and it will end in the eternal city of God’s people. The loneliness of this world will be washed away in the presence of Christ.

The path is uphill, but the summit is glorious.

EXCERPT TAKEN FROM HOPE WHEN IT HURTS: BIBLICAL REFLECTIONS TO HELP YOU GRASP GOD’S PURPOSE IN YOUR SUFFERING BY KRISTEN WETHERELL & SARAH WALTON

How are you doing today, friend? What kind of ‘road’ are you traveling on right now? You need not travel alone for Jesus knows the load you carry. Have you taken it to Him? Don’t walk your journey alone. Even if everyone else around may fail us, HE WILL NEVER FAIL!

Keep the faith! The road of hurt is marked by hope…God’s hope!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

3 thoughts on “Hope When It Hurts {pt 3}

    • Oh friend, PRAISE THE LORD. I will add you to my prayer journal. May you know what the power of his resurrection, the comfort of his love, the victory you have already because of Christ! Jeremiah 33:3 👑💖

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