Suffering

Here is the comfort for every sufferer:

Hope is a person,

and his name is Jesus.

Life is a person

called Emmanuel.

God enters your life by grace

and by grace

makes you the place

where he dwells.

So, he goes

wherever you go;

he’s there with you

in whatever you’re facing, and

he lovingly provides you

with everything you need.

You don’t have to search for him;

you don’t have to wonder if

or when

he will come;

you don’t have to earn his presence.

His presence with you

has been purchased by his own blood.

In your suffering

he gives you the best of gifts,

the gift of himself.

To be in him and

he in you

is infinitely better

than having an

easy,

predictable,

trouble-free

life.

And if hardship has been the tool

that forges in you

an unbreakable trust of him,

then your hardship

hasn’t been for naught.

My prayer for everyone who reads this is

that you would rest,

knowing that the

most important,

wonderful, and

life-giving thing

you could ever experience,

no one or

nothing

has the power

to take away.

God is with you in

hope-giving,

rest-producing

grace,

and

he

is

simply

never

going

away!

— Paul David Tripp