The Crossroads to the King’s Highway, Part 2 of 2
The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ – seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:16-17
It is God’s will for us to suffer trials that offer no immediate comfort, and that we should submit ourselves completely to him and become humble in our suffering. Why, because no one can relate to the sufferings of Christ as much as the person who has suffered like him. Therefore, the message of the Cross is always before us and waits for us in every circumstance we endure. We cannot escape from it no matter where we run. Wherever we may run to escape it, we bring ourselves and we still will find ourselves.
Whether above, below, within or without – wherever we may turn ourselves – the cross will be there waiting. Everywhere we may turn in this life, we are called to exercise patience if we desire inward peace and seek the joy God promises in the message of the Cross. If we carry the cross begrudgingly we will add a new burden for ourselves and increase our load; though unwilling, we must still carry it. If we cast away one cross we will without doubt find another one, and that one may be even heavier. Do we think we can escape what no other mortal has ever avoided? There are no saints who have walked without crosses and tribulations. Not even our Jesus Christ went one hour while he lived without the anguish of suffering and the threat of crucifixion. Why do any of us seek any other way than the way of the cross we are called to carry?
Christ’s whole life pointed to the Cross. Thus, why seek rest and joy for ourselves, because we would be doubly deceived if we expect anything different than a life of trials and tribulations for ourselves. Our whole mortal life will be full of adversities and marked on every side by all the crosses we embraced along the journey that we call life. Our crosses represent our surrender and submission to God’s will. Likewise, our crosses increase their burden upon us as we grow closer to God’s love. However there is good news: God brings comfort for our increasing burdens that we bear for him. Once we willingly put ourselves under the weight of the crosses we bear, all the burden of adversity is turned into confidence of future divine comfort. This does not come from the power of a person. It comes only from the grace of God, as it was revealed in Christ. Thus, when crosses come we must realize they are pointing to the crossroads that lead to the King’s Highway.
My daily prayer: Lord God, your message of the Cross, even with its images of death and pain, brings joy and hope because of your promises. Just as you raised your Son Jesus from the tomb on the other side of the cross, I am confident your promise for us to be raised from our willingness to bear our cross and deny self, even to death, is truth, and worthy of our faith. Lord, help me to bear the burdens and shame of my crosses, and focus my faith upon you alone for the comfort you promise through the sufferings we may endure in this life. Thank you my Lord and Savior, and may my life be directed by your cross and help my family and friends to follow your Cross onto the King’s Highway where comfort is found. Amen
For additional reading: Hebrews 2:10; 5:8; Revelation 21:4; Luke 24:46, 26; Acts 5:41; 2 Corinthians 1:5; Philippians 1:29-30; Matthew 6:19-20