Isaiah 53:7 ” He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth, He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent.”

Jesus was well acquainted with affliction… and today, Good Friday, as we ponder the agony, pain, & torment He endured on our behalf on the Cross, let’s consider affliction in our own lives. Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “The Lord’s mercy often rides to the door of our hearts on the black horse of affliction. Jesus uses the whole range of our experiences to wean us from earth & woo us to Heaven.” No one is immune from the crushing difficulties & hardships of life, and we see this in Isaiah 48:10, as it reveals how God tests us in the furnace of affliction in order to refine us. But we must also remember that the One Who endured all affliction for us is now sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf. Thus by His merciful kindness we can lift our eyes above our current suffering & affliction to see eternity…or as Paul wrote in II Corinthians 4:17, “For our light & momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

Author: kezha1

A Christian mother, grandmother, and retired nurse living in Illinois. Called into a ministry of encouraging others to find their ultimate plan and purpose in life through Christ.

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