I know many of you will read this post and not believe a single word of it but it must be told.
There is so much suffering in the world today. I don’t know if it’s any worse than other past ages but this is the age we live in. So many of us suffer with physical illness, emotional pain, drug addiction, alcoholism, persecution, poverty and maybe a combination of so many kinds of suffering. We live, in a suffering world and the world tells us to end our suffering. It’s now legal to commit suicide if a person is suffering any kind of mental or physical illness. Legal to slaughter an unborn child in the womb, to slaughter a full term, birthed infant to avoid suffering of having to alter life plans. In the eyes of the world there is no reason to suffer. There is no merit in suffering but, as always, the world couldn’t be more wrong. All suffering has merit in the eyes of God.
In the past two days I listened to two very well known, faithful, holy priests who are undergoing their own “agony in the garden of suffering’. Both young men in their early forties, faithful sons of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. One has been diagnosed with ALS also known as Lou Gherigs Disease, and the other, a brain tumor.
Both of these men asked for this. Yes, you read that correct. One asked God to give him something that he could offer for victims of clergy sex abuse. The other asked for something to make him a saint and a witness to all. God answered them. You may be thinking that God is cruel to let these two terrible illnesses befall these men but it’s just the opposite. These two men know the value of suffering in Gods eyes. They know how many souls can be saved through their suffering and witness to the love and mercy of God. God knows that more than ever in these troubled times in the world and in the Church we need suffering saints on earth and these two men have offered themselves to the Lord in obedience and service to Him. They have offered themselves as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
God uses suffering for the good of the soul who suffers and or for other souls who otherwise many suffer a worse fate had no one offered themselves for them. This is part of the love and mercy of our Savior. Nothing is ever wasted with God. If you are suffering, offer your suffering to the Lord, for yourself, for others and God will use your suffering for good. He always does. Trust Him. We only see the here and now, God see’s the past, present and future. When the world tells you that suffering is a waste, to end your suffering, suffering has no use, remember that suffering always has merit in Gods eyes and you will be rewarded generously for your offering, your obedience and your trust in Him.