From Suffering to Praise

October 31, 2012 | Tags: ,

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.

Job 13:15 NKJV

These famous words from Job represent the greatest expression of faith in the whole Bible (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest). I thought about them in light of Jesus’ suffering on the cross. Did He not cry out the same thing to His Father? “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46). What Jesus was really crying out to those around Him was the entirety of Psalm 22. He was saying, “If you see me up here, remember Psalm 22.”

Psalm 22 represents the miracle of moving from crying out in suffering to praise in suffering. Just as Job proclaimed, Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him, God can move us to praise Him in the midst of suffering. This is what true faith is–trusting and praising God in times of intense trial. It is an outlandish response that human reasoning and the world will never understand. It is only through the Holy Spirit can we do such a thing.

Are you in a time of trial? Turn your suffering into praise. Raise your hands to the God above who is bigger than your trial and your suffering. Raise your hands and praise Him. You will never believe what it will do for you, and what God can do in your life because of your response to Him.

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