Enduring for the Cure

It is later than usual as I begin my post...almost 10:00 P.M.
Ironically, not too many posts ago or perhaps on a comment, I mentioned the importance of preparing for the day.  This morning, I got distracted.  I have been a little distracted over the last couple days to be honest.  I almost set aside my devotion entirely today, but I am glad I didn't.

I picked up In The Shadow of Grace again this evening.  I read Chapter 4, "Confronting Illness"
What I find interesting about this chapter is that it does speak of G. Campbell Morgan's own physical illnesses, it also speaks of something I know I have dealt with much more.  --Spiritual Illness

Whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual... I believe everyone will deal with darkness at some point in their lives.  I know I have.  I have had a few minor physical issues, but nothing long term, nothing that has incapacitated me more than a couple days. No, where I have suffered is emotionally and spiritually which I suspect may be even more common than the physical.

That all being said, a comment that was made in this chapter caused my eyes to perk up and re-read.
I stopped because I initially found myself agreeing with the following statement...

"What cannot be cured must be endured"

Sounds pretty good doesn't it.  Doesn't sound bad.  One could almost argue the alternative is not enduring or giving up... So this is where I went.  In once sentence I had agreed with what was being said.   Until I read the next sentence.

The statement above is paganism... Sure, it is a great attitude and as the book states, even somewhat heroic... "But it is not Christianity"

So what is the proper response?  
You may have guessed it based on the title of this post... but the proper response is:
"These things must be endured because they are a part of the cure"

We must not simply endure, but be joyful in all things... not for all things, but in all things... Why?
Because through troubled times we go, I know I have.  No I am not joyful for what is happening at the time, but I can be joyful despite what is happening and Know that God will carry me through.


  1. Morgan said some good stuff didn't he Ryan? It's amazing how contemporary his thought is since that seems to be a prevailing thought even in our day and age. I'm glad you kept reading because his thoughts are spot on. Love to hear your "learning" thoughts.

    1. His thoughts are very much contemporary, but I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that truth is timeless . It can be hard to distinguish at times. Glad I kept reading as well, the weekend departure from my weekly routine has been enjoyable.

  2. You have it absolutely right, Ryan. Endurance is part of the cure, and as Christians, we can go through the difficult trials knowing joy because of all Jesus has done for us. Yes, we will, at times, lose sight of the goal, but we can trust that the Lord will always bring us back to Him.

    1. Seems I tend to lose sight more often than I should, thankful that God brings me back and never tires doing so. Thanks for the comment Martha!


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