Suffering Brings Glory

  • Jan. 26, 2012
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When I go to heaven, I wish I could take my old wheelchair and say...

I'm Joni Eareckson Tada.  When I go to heaven, I wish I could take my old wheelchair and say, "Lord, for decades I was paralyzed in that chair.  But it showed me how paralyzed You must have felt on Your cross.  Thank you for this wheelchair that helped me to understand just a tiny little bit of all that you suffered on my behalf.”  That’s one way our hardships get us prepared for heaven – suffering here on earth gives us an appreciation of the sufferings of Christ. And in heaven?  We’ll finally put suffering behind us.  Isaiah 35 says then we will enter, "... Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.  Gladness and joy will overtake them, sorrow and sighing will flee away."  When you look at your hardships from that perspective, they pale in comparison.  Those who gracefully suffer the greatest conflict have the greatest confidence of sharing in Christ's joy.

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