He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. (Hebrews 11:26)
It through our daily challenges that we can be disillusioned by the weight of this world against our spiritual well being. We seek quick answers and lose ourselves in correcting the wrongs in our lives that we forget to see the true picture of what life has in store for us. Are we to disregard these challenges as mere obstacles to overcome or truly I say that they are moments in our lives that makes us seek spiritual insight to why and who we seek in over coming them.
Likewise in the Christian worldview, we do not choose suffering simply because we are told to, but because the One who tells us to describes it as the path to everlasting joy. This joy is not the here or now but may conceivable be the then and after.
We are beckoned into the obedience of suffering not to demonstrate the strength of our devotion to duty, or to reveal the vigor of our moral resolve, or to prove the heights of our tolerance for pain, but it is rather to manifest, in a childlike faith, the infinite preciousness of his all-satisfying promises — the all-satisfying greatness and beauty of his own glory as the fulfillment of all of them. We are called into the faith that is bound to as the prophets of old to a promise of things to come. Whereas, we are called to the promises of things that have been revealed. Are we to cast away the reality of these promises and the truth that has been revealed.
In the book of Hebrews, the author proclaims, Moses “[chose] to be mistreated with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. . . . For he was looking to the reward” (Hebrews 11:25–26). Therefore, his obedience glorified the reward — all that God is for him in Christ — not the resolve to suffer.
This is the essence of Christian Hedonism. In the pursuit of joy through suffering, we magnify the all-satisfying worth of the Source of our joy. God himself shines as the brightness at the end of our tunnel of pain.
Unless we take to heart and soul that t he is the goal and the ground of our joy in suffering, then the very meaning of our suffering will be lost. It loses it meaning to understanding that in all of our earthly constraints and mortal existence that the ultimately it is the eternity without theses burdens in the comfort of our creator, of whom we are created in His likeness and image that we may celebrate His glory.
There is but one conclusion to our faith in facing the uncertainties of this existence is to our realization that there is truth in the meaning of all this that God is gain. God is gain. God himself is gain. That’s the meaning of our suffering.
The chief end of man is to glorify God. To walk in faith to the reality of the evidence shown in our past that stand uncontested to the promises of our future and it is truer in suffering than anywhere else that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.
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