Daily Devotional for November 25th
"For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake;"
— Philippians 1:29
Suffering is sometimes the will of God, even for saints. "Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing." (I Peter 4:19) Sometimes it is the will of God for saints to suffer, not only when they deserve and merit it, but when they do not. "For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing than for evil doing." (I Peter 3:17) Suffering for evil doing is good for the sufferer because it chastens him and purifies him when he yields to it. Suffering for well doing is better still, God says.
Who are the heroes of any nation? Are they those who in times of national emergency dodge the draft, live in softness, ease, and pleasure while others are on the battlefields? No, they are those who have distinguished themselves upon the field of battle. They are those who have fought, and bled, those who have been captured and brainwashed, but who have placed love of country above love of life; who flung defiance at the enemy and came out with unstained loyalties.
Even so, heaven's highest honors are reserved for those who have come out of great testings, who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. If you are suffering in body and seeking healing, you are probably not prepared for healing until you have yielded to the discipline of suffering. Rebelliousness against suffering, peevishness at God for permitting it, resentment because of it, all of this must be completely relinquished. Before that time, God cannot heal or bless you without spoiling the saint He is trying to make. For God is finding out who His heroes are. He is finding out who loves Him supremely.
— Paul Billheimer
Ah, if thus you can drink of the cup He shall pour,
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from the Authorized King James Version