Thursday, November 29, 2007

Knowing Him Through Suffering

Eternal life means knowing God. All our life on earth is designed to facilitate that. But knowing Him must include sharing His sufferings by reproducing the pattern of His death. (Phil. 3:10)
Instead of seeking first for escape from suffering, the soul hungry to know Christ will seek IN IT the means to know Him better.
Our human nature would look first for someone to blame, and focus our responses on that person. The spiritual mind looks first to God, "Teach me Thy way." The rest can wait.

Elisabeth Elliot,
A Path Through Suffering