Posted by: TLC Fellowship | March 30, 2013

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

By Pastor Deborah Reed, Pastor of Life Development at TLC Fellowship

“Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get me out to this ‘? No, this is why I came in the first place.  I’ll say, ‘Father, put your glory on display.’ “A voice came out of the sky: “I have glorified it, and I’ll glorify it again.”  ~  John 12:27-28 (MSG)

The most beautiful thing that you and I have as Christians is a God who understands our emotions and feelings.  Jesus expressed that He was sad and troubled.  This lets me know He identifies with my pain.

When I’m feeling great and wonderful; I want to share it with everyone.  However, when I’m going through trials, which last for a season that seems endless; it’s difficult for me to be comforted.  That caring and comfort doesn’t come from someone who doesn’t understand.  They have to have, ‘been-there, done-that, and gotten a T-shirt to prove it. I substitute tattoo because it’s more permanent then a T-shirt!  There is even a new word and study that describes bonding through pain, ‘Woundology’!    I realize that is why ‘support groups’ are so effective in healing and recovery.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a 12-Step addiction, Grief Recovery, Divorce-Care; Dealing with Depression, Anger Management, etc… members in each group have been through similar experiences.  They bond at a much deeper level.  When they tell you, “It will get better” you believe them.

The experiences are the initiation into each particular group.  Only Jesus Christ can say He knew what His season of suffering would be like beforehand.  I think we would all gladly say, “Let this cup pass from me” or don’t let me go through this.  The point is, no matter what trials life hands us, Jesus has been there and has nail pierced hands to prove it.  He never sinned!  But, He took ALL of our sin upon Himself.  And He did it with GRACE and style.  Christ asked the Father to put His own glory on display.  And God confirmed that He already had by the many miracles Jesus had performed by God’s power.  And, furthermore, that God would be glorified again through Jesus’ victory over sin at the cross.

I am encouraged that I don’t go through any season-of-life alone.  I can also choose to let God be glorified as I walk through each phase of my journey.  I trust that God can make it work out for good.  I’ll emerge stronger, more spiritually mature, and able to help someone else along their path.  It’s comforting to know that some of my trials can benefit others.  I guess that is also a part of being Christ-like.

Prayer: God thank you, for never leaving me to face life difficulties alone. Thanks for giving me peace in the midst of the storm. Thank you, for your assurance that seasons do have an end.  And joy will come in the morning.  Amen

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