Why Do We Suffer Part I
Some ask why we suffer?
The challenge is to claim no good God would allow such.
Why do men hurt one another?
Why would He let pain fall on any who worship Him so much?
The noise grows louder when those who praise Him face pain.
They ask who would follow a God who allows His followers to come to ruin.
The temptation is to turn from Him and curse His name.
The desire is to turn from Him and rely on what lies within.
They do not know or remember the trials of Job.
They don’t know or remember that Jesus told them they would face resistance.
They want only a God who gives and blesses, but they do not know
that God is sovereign, and sometimes He tests us to se if we’ll go the distance.
It is easy to worship when one has blessing on top of blessing,
but it takes true faith to remember to praise Him even in our suffering.
Why Do We Suffer Part II
How easy is it to sing praise when one is happy?
How easy is it to forget to praise when one is sated?
One proves faith by keeping it while unhappy.
One is blessed even if it seems his end is fated.
We don’t crave the cups we must drink,
nor do we eagerly await the cross we must bear.
But neither can we fail to think
that when times are hard that God is still there.
We endure because today’s suffering doesn’t compare to tomorrow’s glory.
We endure because that’s what suffering brings.
The grace He provides is promissory,
of the blessings He’ll give in the next life for which we’re aching.
We suffer, and there are many reasons,
but blessed are those who honor God in good or bad seasons.
Let Us Be Grateful
You led the Israelites out of Egypt with your powerful miracles.
Yet soon after, they rebelled.
They foolishly thought lack of food and water were sufficient obstacles
to the God who held apart the Red Sea no matter how it swelled.
You granted Your people their portions,
Yet they fell away even after you sent your Judges.
You worked through Samuel, Eli, Abdon, and Sampson to execute your actions,
but time after time they turned away, forgetting their pledges.
They had, yet they wanted more.
They made demands even after you freed them from slavery.
Let us learn from those who came before,
and not become ungrateful, turning to acts that are unsavory.
Let us be grateful to you always!
May we keep you with us all of our days!
You carried Your cross for our sins;
let us carry ours to glorify you.
Your yoke is easy, and light is your burden,
so we seek to follow you.
We must deny ourselves our desires
and take up our crosses.
Of your gospel, let us be testifiers.
Let us praise you no matter what transpires.
We offer our lives for your sake;
we submit to your example.
When you come again, let us be awake
let the fuel for our lamps be ample.
For there is no profit worth our souls,
so let following you be our only goal.
Let us build our homes on the rock.
This foundation will protect us in the storm.
Great are the words you’ve given Your flock.
Let us hear them and conform.
You are the pillar of our lives.
With you as our foundation, we can stand.
We wait in hope of the day Your Son arrives,
so we can live with him in his Holy, remade land.
Let us stand firm with You.
Let us be always guarded by Your armor.
Let us be diligent in all that we do,
to make sure our efforts show you honor.
Protect us from the winds, and don’t let us fall.
For you, mighty God, are the rock of all.
Your grace is the only reason for our forgiveness.
Your grace is sufficient for all our needs.
Your grace is truly limitless.
Your grace guards us when temptation calls us to shameful deeds.
Your grace is how we receive mercy.
Your grace is given to the humble.
Your grace aids us in the midst of controversy.
Your grace abounds when those who love you with all their heart stumble.
Your grace delivers us from the dominion of sin.
Your grace toward us is never in vain.
Your grace through Your Son has made us heirs with Him.
Your grace comforts us when we are in pain.
Your grace makes it possible for us to live.
Your grace is such a great gift for you to give.
The Way, The Truth, and The Life
He is the only path to see our Father.
He is the example to follow.
Only He could pay for our sins, no other.
He intercedes on our behalf because our words and deeds are hollow.
He gave of his body for us.
His blood was poured out for many.
He endured our punishment for us.
He gave for us more than any.
His lessons guide those who follow his truth.
His lessons teach any who can hear.
His lessons are for any adult or any youth.
His blessings are great when one keeps him near.
He is our Savior who gives life after death.
Let as pray, follow, and serve him with every action, and every step, and every breath.