Thursday, April 8, 2010

Commiting Ourselves to God Amongst Our Sufferings

Now is the time in which we will have to prove our devotion to God, and trust in him. This suffering and dark valley that we may be amongst is for God's sake and of his will. Men of this time should embrace God, cling to Him, and trust in His just will.

God is love. Deus Caritas Est. So if God is love, and all that happens to us is of God, then all that happens to us is out of God's love for us. We may not be able to see His intention or purpose of His love for us in the middle of our uncertainty and sufferings, but in the end, "after we fail in the eyes of men and are wasted with sufferings and weakness, we will rise with Thee O God in the dawn of the new light, and be glorified in heavenly places." (Kempis 154).

We are not of the world. We are of another world, Heaven. So it is only fitting that we do not go through this world with complete happiness and ease. "Our souls aren't at rest until they rest in thee O God." It is for this reason that we should suffer and be troubled in the world for the sake of God's love, how often soever, and by whomever.

It is good for us that we be in trouble, and that we learn God's statues, and that He may cast away all pride of heart in us. It is profitable for us that confusion and darkness has covered our faces, that we may seek God for consolation rather than men.

This habit of embracing the Now and glorifying God through His demands is an act of our loving will. We do not need to know God's plan in order to accept it. We can be cured by a medicine without knowing its prescription or its ingredients. just our will to be resigned to Him and to suffering for Him will give us a far greater understanding of theology than anything else.

"Some souls will gain peace and sanctity from the same trials that make others rebels and nervous wrecks." (Fulton Sheen)

Neither the devil nor God can take our will. We are absolute owners in deciding whether we offer our will to ourselves or to God. Our will, operating under our own power, may be busy doing many things, but in the end they amount to nothing. But our will operating under God's will and power can amount to such great things we cannot even conceive until we reach heaven.

If we follow completely in God's will we should be able to escape from the accidents that caused us pain and anger. Our life will be carried out in accordance to God's will. No longer will things "Not go according to our plan." People of God's will utter no complaint; whatever comes along.

In God's divinity, there is nothing accidental. There is, instead, the meeting of a divine will and the offering of our own to God. In this, we become content, because we know that God knows what is best for us, and our family. So then the bitter and the sweet, the joys and the sorrows or each and every moment are viewed as sacred.

"Only God changes things for the better. But He does this through us if we give Him the opportunity to use us. There is no limit to how much God gives us except that which we put before ourselves." (Groeschel).

This entire process and complete trust in God is the center behind the entire meaning and purpose of life. It is a mentality and challenge that mankind has been grappling at since the dawn of Adam. It encircles every aspect of our actions, thoughts, deeds, way of life, and spirit into one, big, eternal battle for our soul.

We should be glad at the sufferings and trials that God has bestowed upon us. We should embrace these sufferings with open and loving hearts;! For they are sent to us from God, so that His will be done. Each suffering and temporary dryness or blindness to the future is from God, and contains His love for us. So why is it that we would approach such sufferings with despair and gloom?

Because we are human.

There lies the eternal conflict. To see God in everything, including our sufferings (maybe not at first, but to have faith in Him) is to die to ourselves; so that He may increase in us.

We must say, "Thanks be to you God! Because thou hast not spared my sins, but hast beaten me with stripes of love, inflicting pains, and sending troubles upon me and within. So that I may be sanctified to enter your heavenly kingdom," (Kempis 155). See the parallel to Jesus' suffering and death on behalf of mankind? We too must take up our cross and be purged.

But we must stay strong, for if we lack faith surely the fires of Hell will swallow us whole, and from there there is no means of escape. Have faith in God; He will provide. Our only job is to live each day in fullness of Him, and to bear our daily sufferings in accordance to His will.

God will always meet our needs (see Mathew 6:25-34). He will never give us anything we can't handle, or anything that is bad for us. All spiritual, or even secular setbacks and trials that He bestowed upon us are for the ultimate good. The real trial is not in overcoming those setbacks but in whether or not we kept faith in Him through those and remain to.

We should not fear. We should not hide and lay worried and afraid of what's to come.

God will provide.

All we need to do is to keep focused on Him, and remain faithful to His will.

My Lord God, I have no idea where i am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust you always, though I may seem to be lost in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. (Merton)

1 comment:

Dad said...

Ahhh, the student becomes the teacher, grasshopper...