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Daily Devotional

A Balm for Our Sorrows
Joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
All the stones that came about Stephen's ears did but knock him closer to Christ.
Thomas Brooks
Thomas Watson, the Puritan divine, wrote: Man is born to trouble. . . . He comes into the world with a cry, and goes out with a groan. Indeed, the word of the curse in Genesis 3 is sorrow. There are no exceptions to this eternal rule, not even for Christians. No, not even for the godliest of Christians. Yet it is quite common for believers to feel that God has left them to themselves when troubles and afflictions come in like a flood. Our text is a remedy for such thinking.

See the light in which Paul views suffering. Note that he says we suffer with him. What a thought! Not that we suffer for Himalthough that we dobut that we suffer with Him. That is, we suffer not alone, but Christ suffers with us. In all their affliction he was afflicted (Isa. 63:9). Do not think for a moment that the Lord has left you in the midst of your sorrow. By faith cast your gaze upon the friend that sticketh closer than a brother (Prov. 18:24). Rest your weary head upon the Saviours bosom. Jesus knows all about your troubles!

But learn beyond this that suffering is Gods way of preparing us for glory. We suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Here Paul takes us back to the sorrow of Christ at Calvary. Before Christ could enter into the joy that was set before him He had to endure the cross (Heb. 12:2). Always remember that the way to the crown is through the cross. If we suffer together with Christ, it is a sure sign that we will be glorified together. Perhaps today your heart is breaking with sorrow. Fear not; all is well. God has not left you. He is only stamping the image of His Son deeper upon your heart. Lift up your head, for your redemption draweth nigh!
Daily devotions are from the book "Eagle's Wings" published by the Free Presbyterian Church.
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