“I kept quiet, not saying a word, not even about anything good! But my suffering only grew worse”.
Ps 39:2 GNB
Some people love to talk about their ailments. One man, when greeted with the casual question, “Hello Jim, how are you?” used to reply, “Well, how long have you got?” But he then stopped short of cataloguing every ache and pain. Others never stop. Sometimes you wonder how they manage to stay alive with so much going wrong.
The man who wrote Psalm 39 was not one who bored people with a list of complaints and illnesses. But he suffered greatly. He was a man of faith and decided that God would help him through his trials and tribulations. Therefore he would put his trust in God from whom he would derive courage to face the pain and anguish. But he would not breathe a word about the trouble he was in. He also knew that if he had complained, people would tell him that he must have sinned and that God was punishing him – the amount of pain just proved it. That was the conventional understanding of suffering in the psalmist’s day.
There are many unsung heroes today who do the same. They accept that suffering is part of the human lot and that they will bear theirs without complaining or “crying”. Many are Christian believers who look to the Saviour of Calvary for help. They pray constantly and know that Christ is with them in all their afflictions. They understand their burden as being something that helps them to share in the sufferings of Christ and to link up, spiritually, with others in an unseen fellowship of the cross. Some even regard it as a privilege to suffer with Christ.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, give me courage in all my tribulations.