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great thought #4

Great thought number four:

The apostle Paul often referred to his “thorn in the flesh” a certain type of suffering that is unknown to us but that plagued Paul all of his life. Yet, when God promised him that “My grace is sufficient for you” Paul’s own response was “I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Gospel singer Michael Card tells the story of a Masai warrior named Joseph who was confronted with the claims of the gospel by a traveling missionary. He trusted Christ for his salvation and knew he was called to preach the gospel message himself. Being filled with the Holy Spirit, he was sent by the Lord to visit a neighboring tribe. Since his own salvation had brought much joy and enthusiasm to his life, he anticipated a similar response as he began going door to door to talk about Jesus.

Instead, the villagers became violent and while the men held him down, the women beat him with strands of barbed wire and then he was dragged to the bush and left him to die.

After several days of fading in and out of consciousness, he regained strength and returned once again to the same village to preach the Gospel. Again he was severely beaten and left alone to die.
The wounds Joseph suffered during the first beating were enough to kill him. Those of the second beating nearly did but, again, he went back to the village and began to preach. This time, the men and women both began to beat him before he even opened his mouth. As he lay dying in the dirt, he preached Jesus and Him crucified one last time before passing out and while closing his eyes he heard the women weeping.

In the morning, he awoke in a bed, surrounded by the men and women who had beaten him as they tended to his wounds and desperately worked to save his life. Every single one of them had come to Christ.

I cannot even imagine experiencing that degree of suffering myself, let alone my child enduring such beatings. As a mom, my greatest desire, from the moment I learned I was pregnant, was to protect my child. As the older ones have grown up, this has been a personal struggle for me, as I believe it is for most, if not all, moms. Every ounce of my being has wanted to protect them, yet I know that that is not entirely possible; only the Lord is able to protect them and sometimes He chooses to appoint suffering for them in order to accomplish His purposes. What one of us would question God’s best for our children if He called them to missions and to face the sufferings of the Cross in order to bring others to His glorious grace?

It is when we realize this that we also recognize what our true job is….to prepare our children for the certain times of trouble that will come to them. You see, suffering is a guarantee for the Christian. And as our children contend for the truth of the gospel message, it will certainly come to them in ways we could never even envision.

Today, as you tuck your little ones in for a nap or you listen to them read, don’t fret over their futures and devise ways to keep them little forever. Instead, seize every opportunity you have to share God’s word with them. Building their faith is essential in preparing them for the future and we are promised that “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17



  Angela wrote @

Thank you, Karen, for pointing us to Christ ~ not man. Your blog is a blessing. I used to be a homeschooling mom who lived under a rock away from the wicked world, in my own homeschool bubble, trying to isolate my children. Not any more. These days, I’m in the business of preparing them for life.

  thatmom wrote @

Angela, three cheers for you! Your children will most certainly rise up and call you blessed!

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