as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.2 Corinthians 6:10(NASB)
Afflictions, grief, poverty and lack is generally considered as lamentable, calamitous, pitiable and often unfair. Times of unhappiness, melancholy. hardship and need can weigh heavily on a wearied soul exercising the sympathy, condolences, pity or indifference of others. But how different from God’s design for His children, for it was through suffering that the Lord Jesus Himself learned willing obedience to the Father and it is through the same pathway that we too grow in grace and come into deeper knowledge of Him.
This apparent contradictory principle was a major part of Paul’s experiences and attitude, and one that was reflected throughout his many epistles. Paul discovered that in spite of his sorrow he had a deep and lasting joy, despite his poverty he had riches without measure and irrespective of his paucity and lack, Paul overflowed with immeasurable abundance from the riches of God’s bountiful supply.
Like Paul we are all ministers of the good news of the gospel of Christ to the people that God has placed within the sphere of our lives and each of us are living epistles that God can use to speak into the lives of others.
Like Paul we can also commend ourselves as servants of God as we face our own afflictions, hardships, distresses and poverty in the power and sufficiency of the Spirit, with patient endurance and rejoicing in the hope set before us.
Like him we can enrich the lives of others as we point them into the pathway of peace.
Thank You my Father God that in Christ I have a lasting joy and inner peace no matter what difficulties arise in my life. May I be a living epistle to all the people I meet today, and may I like the Lord Jesus learn obedience through the trial that You have allowed in my life, to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.