GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …
When we talk about gifts, we’re usually referring to something given to us that is pleasing, special, and nice. We receive gifts from others, rather we merit them or not. Holidays, birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc. As Believers, we refer to our special abilities as gifts from God; singing, teaching, preaching, writing, etc. I, for one, have never associated my pain and sufferings with the word, gift. During our Sunday morning worship service, “Burdened, Yet Believing”, our Pastor informed us that our burdens (pain and sufferings) are a gift from God – they are an assignment from God.
“Christians have suffering to do and a cup to bear.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice
God, out of love, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the cross to suffer for our Salvation. Jesus shed His Precious Blood for us, and He endured more pain and suffering than we could ever endure. Yet, He was resurrected and sits at the right hand of God. Although we could never measure up to Jesus, we can suffer out of love as well. We know that when God leads us to something, He will also carry us though it. Our sufferings will lead us to a stronger faith in God.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” – Psalm 55:22 (NIV).
Pastor Brice also brought out the point that grief is also associated with our gift of burdens. Again, we will only grieve for a little while because God will see us through our grief when we cast our cares on Him. Pray. We cast through our prayers. This is reason to pray without ceasing.
I Thessalonian 5:17 (NIV) “Pray continually.”
“We need to release our burdens. Release – realize (revitalize) – rest.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice
“Come to me, all who are burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:18 (NIV).
Connect with God through Word – Worship – Witnessing – Prayer. No matter what your gifts are, give God control of your gifts; grief – pain – suffering – burdens. Let Him handle them and enjoy the Peace of God. There is no peace like the peace the Lord will give you.
Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan