“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.” Revelation 1:9
How do you respond to suffering?
What makes suffering such a challenge to our level of endurance with patience. A coach once said, “Suffering is what separates the men from the boys.” I need to be honest with you this morning, when it comes to suffering, at times I respond as a boy rather than a man after God’s own heart. John was well-acquainted with suffering and pain. He was quarantined on the island of Patmos. It was the place of the rock. John was alone, but he was not all alone. Jesus shows up. He reveals himself to John. He comes to the place of the rock, to reveal to John that He alone is the Rock. God will never leave you or forsake you. As a result of this revelation, John becomes a companion, as well as a brother in the suffering of Jesus as a result of His patience endurance in his life. Jerry Bridges writes,” Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.”
Are you suffering today? Are you crying to God in your suffering? Listen, just as Jesus came to John on the island of Patmos, so He will come you on your island of Patmos. You have the word of God and the testimony of Jesus to verify it today! It’s not if but when God will come to your island of Patmos to meet you in your suffering.
Pray for all those suffering today to experience the risen Christ! Pray for patience this morning. Pray for endurance that is yours today in Jesus Christ. I’m praying for you this morning, that in the midst of your suffering you will experience Jesus.