Comfort During a Trial Part Three|Devotions to Produce Spiritual Growth
with Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain
Have we forgotten that Jesus is the One that can understand our pain and heartache the most? It’s so easy to say…yes, Jesus died for my sins but do we truly understand what He went through for us and how He is more than capable of understanding our needs, due to His own moments of suffering? As I was sitting here…thumbing through my Bible; God led me to a verse in I Peter 4:1, which says… “Since Christ suffered and underwent pain, you must have the same attitude he did; you must be ready to suffer, too. For remember, when your body suffers, sin loses its power,” Wow…what a verse!
Do we realize that Christ was the One that set the example, as to how we should handle these difficult moments we experience? Even though these difficult moments we face, may not always disappear, when we’d like them to; we do have the assurance that Jesus understands and is more than able to hold our hand and comfort us, until these moments cease to exist no more. When we are able to rise above the feelings that are set up like traps from Satan, as a means of bringing us low; to hold tightly to the hand that has already walked these difficult paths; then these moments that seem to be so difficult, won’t become so overpowering in our lives.
I have to admit…I was a little confused, about the ending of this verse, which says… “For remember, when your body suffers, sin loses its power…” Isn’t it amazing how our minds can go in reverse, when we read something like this? In other words, how could sin lose its power, through moments of suffering? As I began to meditate on God, for the answer; He began to reveal to me; that when we are willing to suffer for Christ, rather than allow sin or any other evil to have control over our lives; then while we are committing ourselves to Christ…through these moments of suffering; we are also allowing evil to become weakened and powerless in our lives. Wow…what a great thought for the day!
Like you…I have faced some very challenging moments, when it comes to Satan’s attacks but today, I am going to choose to remain committed to Christ…no matter what may come my way. These moments are never easy to get through but we do have the hope that Jesus understands each trying moment we face and even when other’s get tired of our situation and walk away from us; we definitely have the hope that Jesus will be there for us. What a comfort to know that He is only a prayer away from us and that we can talk to Him, any time we need a good friend to talk to.