suffering is not a new concept by any matter of means. It is part and parcel of christianity and is well documented and explained within scripture. Our relationship with Christ will not provide a way to experience life without suffering, but it will provide a way through, and holds the key to all of our worldly issues and situations.
Suffering provides an opportunity to draw nearer to our saviour. Remember Jesus has experienced suffering beyond our comprehension and can relate
Zechariah is a contemporary of Haggia - their initial message was to call the Jewish people into completing the task of building the temple. Zechariah’s initial word are a call back to ‘the Lord of hosts’ which means the God of all heavens and Earth's armies. Ch1:3 “Return to me,” Says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah has 7 visions, to aid Jerusalem’s steps and to declare judgement.
Zechariah’s ministry starts in 520 B.C making it postexilic. I want to paint a bit of context
David understood what it was to cry out to God.
He experienced highs and lows, to their extreme. He absolutely understood what it's to fall, in ways which surpass general sin. Murder, adultery and a complete abuse of authority and God given power are but a few to name.
David's sins had profound consequences, namely experiencing the utter devastation of losing a beloved child. And yet for all his misguided passion, David still got some things completely correct. God bein
Another wonderfully encouraging piece of scripture is Daniel Ch 2.
I've entitled this when things go from bad to worse - do what Daniel did. My reasoning is quite straight forward, and shall be explained with an overview of the full chapter. But lets paint a little bit of context first. Daniel is a minor prophet with a major story.
Daniel would be just a teenager when the Babylonians invaded his his country and took members of the royal and noble families as captives.
It's very important when we become born again to read the word of God. There are certain truths that we must not only learn, but also accept to ensure that we continue on the correct path. For the path is narrow, but the bible ensures that it is well sign posted.
My person belief is that when we become a born again Christian, although our decision and subsequent salvation experience may seem to be a moment in time, unbeknown to us there has been an ongoing process since the very