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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

Offer to God your sacrifice of praise for the good that God brings out of your suffering

A Covenant Prayer
“Put Me to Suffering” – Part II

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-11

Key Verses: Romans 5:3-4
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

As we consider entering into a covenant with God, we must understand the Bible’s teaching on suffering.

Today’s Key Verses remind us of the good that suffering can do in our lives as Christ-followers. It might help to read these verses in the New Living Translation:

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. (Romans 5:3-4 NLT)

Repeating from yesterday’s devotional, these verses do not say to rejoice in our suffering. We rejoice in what God does with our suffering, and how He makes all our problems and trials work out for our good. Most of us know this verse:

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28 NLT)

Once we put our faith in Jesus and His work on the cross, we join God’s family and become a child of our Father in Heaven. One of the wonderful benefits of being part of God’s family is that He works all things out for our good. There is nothing that happens to us, no matter how bad, that God does not turn into something good for us.

I do not look forward to walking through tough times, but God turns all things into something that I will like; I can look forward to good things!

As I was writing this study on suffering, I thought of Hebrews 13:15:

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

During times of suffering, we must not grumble and complain about our suffering. Instead, offer to God our sacrifice of praise. This makes sense when we focus on the good that God brings out of our suffering.

Most of us have heard of Job and all the suffering he went through when he lost his family, wealth, and health. But after all this happened to him, the Bible tells us:

In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. (Job 1:22)

Let us be people of praise rather than complainers or, worse yet, people who charge God with wrongdoing.

Father, You are worthy of my praise all the time and in all things. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.