2 Timothy 2:11-12
It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
This world is filled with suffering and it seems to be completely beyond human understanding and comprehension when you look at the atrocities we commit against each other, against animals and against this terrestrial globe we live on. It is a wonder and nothing less than a miracle that we haven’t completely destroyed all life on this earth and the earth itself. I think it may take all of eternity to really understand why God has allowed such suffering. In the face of such unfathomable suffering the LORD has given us this simple little promise in 2 Timothy 2:11-12 to hold on to and stand on, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him…”
The word suffering as used here means to persevere under misfortunes and trials in holding fast to one’s faith in Christ. We don’t have to understand the suffering which is a good thing because I don’t know that it is understandable. Our part is simply to persevere under misfortunes and trials in holding fast to one’s faith in Christ. To reign throughout all eternity with Christ all I have to do is preserve under the misfortunes and trials in holding fast to my faith in Christ. It is a simple task but there is certainly nothing easy about executing that simple task.
What a tradeoff! I hold fast to my faith in Christ in the midst of suffering and trials that seem to make no sense and in return I am allowed to reign with Christ for all of eternity. That is a good investment in the future.
Joseph experienced this very thing when his jealous brothers sold him into cruel slavery. He was separated from his family and lived the life of a slave until the appointed time when ultimately the LORD raised Joseph up and made him number two in all the land of Egypt and used Joseph to save many lives and even save the lives of those who had caused such suffering in his life. Joseph’s unswerving faith and trust in the LORD came shining through when he told his brothers, in so many words, relax it was the LORD who sent me down here to preserve life.
My prayer is that the LORD would give me Joseph’s attitude in the midst of the suffering in this present world.