We had the opportunity to take a vacation to florida to see my mother. My wife, sister and her husband, our daughter were all together for a week to enjoy time with mom. On the second day of the trip I developed a rash across my back and stomach? SHINGLES! I did not want to burden my 91 year old mother, “If one part suffers, every part suffers: 1Cor. 12:16. I did not mention that I had shingles as I knew she would worry and did not want to spoil the vacation.
How often do we hid our suffering from those that love us the most? Jesus suffered more than anyone could imagine. I had family support, Jesus had no one, his disciples abandoned him, no one come to his defence. “The son of man must suffer many things and be rejected.” Luke 9:22 For many, addictions are the pain that takes over our lives. We feel that we have lost all hope. We have given in to our earthly desires and forgotten the one who suffered the most for us, the one who gave his life for us, the one that has the power to save us from ourselves! “My comfort in my suffering is this, your promise preserves my life” Psalm 119:50. We keep our pain of addiction hidden from the ones we love, but they are the ones that truly suffer the most. Reach out to the one who loved you before you were born. “On the day the Lord gives you relief from suffering and turmoil and cruel bondage” Isaiah 14:3
Written by Robert Breault: Robert is a full time staff member at America’s Keswick and married to his lovely wife Shirley.
The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 80; Proverbs 19
Daily Quote: “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” ~Augustine
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
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