Of course we want to run. Tears are not convenient. Grief is weighty. Pain is unwelcome.
A bandaid helps, but wounds need air and time.
Pain reliever brings relief, but the ache returns.
And a little of this or that gives a welcome break, that is only temporary.
Surely, our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried… Isaiah 53, v.4
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. v.6
So He did not open His mouth. v.7
… He would render Himself a guilt offering. v 10
My servant will, justify the many as He will bear their iniquities. v. 11
There was a price for my righteousness.
Life through death
Life comes through a most unexpected way: Life through death.
His suffering bought my life:
Life, for tomorrow
Life, full today.
Run or Follow?
For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps… 1 Peter 2:21
Follow in His steps.
His steps included:
His life in me includes these things as well.
A life of purpose– one with meaning, joy and depth, will include these things as well.
Following and not Running
Tears can capture true joy. For once they possess it, they soon know the difference between “happy” and “joy.”
Sorrow creates life, for it makes a gift to share with others
Suffering brings depth, if we let it.
If I want true:
Then there will be:
Yet, if forsaken, I am not alone. There will be hope of joy in the morning, and the assurance of life after the death. …to follow in His steps.