When Suffering Reaches the Limits of Your Endurance

Rick Thomas | 8/22/2019 | Rick Thomas
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The heat in Biff’s life usually has more effect on him than the gospel. Biff is like a lot of us. He can quickly become more controlled by his troubles than the Savior he loves and professes to follow.

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Though his faith is genuine, the cares of this world overcome him easily. It doesn’t take long for you to realize this. A few minutes with Biff and he has gone through the list of miserable things in his life.

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He reminds you of what the Savior said about how our words reveal the actual condition of our hearts (Luke 6:45). Biff’s words show frustration, impatience, anger, hopelessness, despair, cynicism, and being hurt by others. You want to empathize with him because you don’t want to blow off his concerns as though they don’t matter. They do matter. Much of what he says is legitimate: unkind people have done hurtful things to Biff.

As you’re empathizing, the Spirit is “nudging” you about talking to Biff about God’s grace and why he can’t seem to appropriate that grace to his troubles. You’re being reminded by the Spirit how grace is entirely sufficient for trials like what Biff is experiencing (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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But you’re concerned as to why he can’t seem to walk in God’s grace. You want to have a heart-to-heart discussion with him. You pray about it and the Lord leads you to Hebrews 2:14-18.

The Hebrew writer wrote this book for a group of people who were having a hard time bearing up under or persevering through their troubles. Like the Hebrews of the Old Testament wilderness wandering, they were easily tempted to throw in the towel.

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