The joke at our house is, “David is very healthy until he’s almost dying.” My sweet, patient husband has suffered innumerable medical crises since birth. In 30 years of marriage he’s nearly died 4 times.
I have asked God more than once, why him? And yet I read in 1 Peter 2:21, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His footsteps,”
Are we called to suffer?
This letter of Peter’s was to “the Chosen” encouraging all who “endured sorrow while suffering unjustly.” I feel certain Peter referred to religious persecution, however repeat physical suffering IS repeat physical suffering.
Jesus becomes our example in these situations: “not speaking abusively, and *not threatened, (via Hebrew translation). Jesus instead, entrusted Himself to the ONE who judges justly.
Religious persecution or just any old trial, we are encouraged to trust God the One and only Just Judge, who holds us closely in the palm of His hand. We never need to feel threatened, or alone, or forgotten. We are His precious ones and He will help us to endure.
“For to this you were called.”