1 Peter 4
12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Call me crazy, but I want to go through suffering. I just listened to a sermon on Walk in the Word (here), and I want to go through some suffering. I’ve been through a lot in my life so far, and now when I look back at what I have been through I can see where it’s been the hardest and where I have seen God most clearly. I want to bring glory to God. I want to see Him working in my life. If that is through suffering, then so be it.
(But when I really think about suffering, about what could go wrong in my life, I cringe at some of the ideas that I think about. Do I really have the strength/faith in God to go through it?)
My life in Kumamoto has been really easy. My job is easy, relaxed, my students are fun, my coworkers are kind, generous people (who have taught me a LOT! wow… and not just about work stuff, about who I want to be!), my church friends are great, the only thing I really have to complain about is the weather! I am so lucky to be able to live here. I can pay off my student loans quickly enough, and God has really blessed me here.
An I really ready to go through some suffering?