“Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.” vs. 18
Suffering is one of the realities of life in the world. No matter how much we might want to avoid it, sooner or later it’s going to come to us or someone we love. We might even know that it’s coming, and still find ourselves totally unprepared for the onslaught of both physical and emotional pain. And when it catches us by surprise we wonder sometimes if we can even survive. One of the most horrendous aspects of suffering is that it doesn’t come to each of us in equal portions–if it did we likely would have an easier time with it–we could just shrug our shoulders and say, “Well, I guess it’s just my turn.” But there’s a randomness to suffering and it doesn’t play fair with us. Some people get hammered while others skate by relatively unscathed. It’s hard to predict and harder to understand. The writer to the Hebrews believed that Jesus endured more than his share of suffering, and that it enables him to help believers in their moments of testing. If we’ve suffered there’s a good chance we can see the truth in what he writes. When we take our laments to Jesus, he understands our pain,and the moments of suffering become connecting points in our relationship. In our times of deepest anguish it’s comforting to know that our Savior has been there before us.
Thought for the Day: When was my moment of greatest suffering?