How much suffering would you go through for a million dollars? Would you eat a cockroach? You might for five million. What if you had to suffer through the loss of a loved one?
How much suffering would you be willing to go through for God’s blessing, if you didn’t know what that blessing would be? It could be the five million dollars or a car that doesn’t break down on the highway.
It’s funny how much easier it is to give an answer for the money than the blessing because we can see exactly what is it we’d receive.
In the book of Job, he lost all his possessions and his family. Yet Job wouldn’t insult God for what was happening. After his suffering, God made Job prosper even more than before. Job 42:12, it reads, The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.
Would you be willing to lose your whole family to get a blessing from God, no matter how large or small? It’s easy to sit in church and give the “Christian” answer. It’s not so easy to live with what the possibility might be.
I don’t know about you, but it’s a question I pray I never have to answer.
I’ve decided that Jesus took ALL the suffering I have ever had or will have in my entire life on that one day on the cross. I could never endure it all at one time but he could and did out of His inifinite love for me.
Good point Anna.