Humble Yet Fearless
by Judy Webb
“For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than doing evil.” (Peter 3:17)
This statement seems like a no-brainer. But once we stop and think about it, is it ever better to suffer? Consider the times you were enduring pain, either physical or emotional, did it seem good to you? Dietrich Bonhoffer said, "suffering is the badge of a true Christian." Huh? What does this mean? Can anything worthwhile ever result from suffering? I understand that, yes, it can and often does.
Sometimes we suffer because we took a stand for someone. We spoke up in their defense and our words caused us to endure someone else’s anger. We live in precarious times and our faith could require us to be bold; to take a stand for righteousness. As Christians we should be humble yet fearless.
In suffering we can claim the promises of God. “Consider it pure joy, brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2) Did you notice the verse read many kinds. Not just persecution, or life-changing illnesses, or financial ruin, but many kinds. Heartache, dashed dreams, defiant children…many kinds.
Afflictions work for good; they make way for glory. Just as plowing prepares the earth for crops, so too our troubles make us look to Jesus.
God sometimes puts us on our backs to make us look up.–Anonymous
We must care for each other, stand firm in our beliefs, and do good. “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:28) We cannot avoid suffering, so seek to be a blessing. Our enemies might hurt us, but they cannot destroy us.
We need courage and strength to plow through this life. There is always something just around the corner destined to trip us up. Give us eyes to recognize Satan and his minions as they attempt to rile us up. Give us your peace and a sense of your Presence all the time. Amen.