To “drink the cup” was a greater thing than calming the seas
or raising the dead.The prophets and apostles could do amazing
miracles, but they did not always do the will of God and
thereby suffered as a result. Doing God’s will and thus experiencing
suffering is still the highest form of faith, and the most
glorious Christian achievement.
Having your brightest aspirations as a young person forever
crushed; bearing burdens daily that are always difficult,
and never seeing relief; finding yourself worn down by poverty
while simply desiring to do good for others and provide a
comfortable living for those you love; being shackled by an
incurable physical disability; being completely alone, separated
from all those you love, to face the trauma of life alone;
yet in all these, still being able to say through such a difficult
school of discipline,“Shall I not drink the cup the Father has
given me?”—this is faith at its highest, and spiritual success
at its crowning point.
Great faith is exhibited not so much in doing as in suffering.
In order to have a sympathetic God,we must have a suffering
Savior, for true sympathy comes from understanding another
person’s hurt by suffering the same affliction.Therefore we
cannot help others who suffer without paying a price ourselves,
because afflictions are the cost we pay for our ability to sympathize.
Those who wish to help others must first suffer. If we
wish to rescue others,we must be willing to face the cross;experiencing
the greatest happiness in life through ministering to
others is impossible without drinking the cup Jesus drank and
without submitting to the baptism He endured.
The most comforting of David’s psalms were squeezed from
his life by suffering, and if Paul had not been given “a thorn in
the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7 KJV),we would have missed much of the
heartbeat of tenderness that resonates through so many of his
If you have surrendered yourself to Christ, your present circumstances
that seem to be pressing so hard against you are the
perfect tool in the Father’s hand to chisel you into shape for
eternity. So trust Him and never push away the instrument He
is using, or you will miss the result of His work in your life.
Strange and difficult indeed
We may find it,
But the blessing that we need
Is behind it.
The school of suffering graduates exceptional scholars.