Re:Verse reading–2 Corinthians 1:1-11 (day three)

“If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation.”

The real wreckage that has resulted from the fall of man is not that suffering occurs.  It is that we have no idea what suffering means.  A well-known author and lecturer with an atheistic perspective sums up his understanding of humanity’s quest as avoidance of suffering.  What an impoverished legacy such a viewpoint would leave to us.  If there is nothing more at the base level of reality than the maintenance of ease for a little while, then we are nothing more than collections of decaying molecules.  But Paul—following the trail blazed by Jesus Christ—wakes us up to the knowledge that suffering itself testifies to a glory that was lost, and can be found again.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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