July 12, 2023 – Wednesday
Romans 5:3-4 NIV
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:3-4 NKJV
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Earlier today I was listening to a short (7:58) youtube video by Jordan Peterson where he began by saying, Suffering is an integral part of existence and that led me to look at the words suffer and suffering in the Bible. Discovered suffer or suffering occurs 150 times in the Bible – NIV. That’s 62 times in the Old Testament and 88 times in the New Testament. In the NT most were about people suffering from an illness or about Jesus’ suffering, at least until we get to the verses from the book of Romans above.
Let’s first look at we also glory in our sufferings or we also glory in tribulations. Glory in both translations is from Strong’s G2744 kauxáomai which is defined as simply to boast. HELPS Word-studies provides some better context properly, living with “head up high, and later, figuratively, it refers to living with God-given confidence.
Then we have sufferings or tribulations. Strong’s G2347 thlípsis only gives us tribulation. But the HELPS Word-studies says it carries the challenge of coping with the internal pressure of a tribulation, especially when feeling there is “no way of escape” (“hemmed in”) or suffering. BTW if you look for synonyms for tribulation a primary synonym is suffering.
Putting glory together with suffering or tribulation we have the paraphrase, With God-given confidence we can face sufferings or tribulations knowing that suffering/tribulation produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope. The disciples did this, setting an example for us in Acts 5:27-42. There after being jailed for teaching about Jesus, the Sanhedrin planned to put them to death, but the Pharisee Gamaliel advised them otherwise and 40 His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. They did not stop!
Bottom Line: We don’t seek out sufferings and tribulations, but if they come our way, let them come because of our sharing Jesus and His name, then it will be to our glory as well and we can hold our heads high.
Prayer: Almighty God, Give us the opportunities to share the Good News of Your Son and salvation through Him. If any suffering or tribulation comes our way as a result let us glory in as His disciples did. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton