Suffering for God’s Glory? Is God Truly Present In Times of Suffering?

Dr. Victor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning author among many other books, was a Jew. Also, he suffered at concentration camps as a Jew over in Germany run by the regime of Adolf Hitler in the early 1940’s during World War 2. While going through the many concentration camps including Auschwitz, he developed logotherapy which helped him get through that hell-on-earth time in the Nazi concentration camps.

Logotherapy (comes from a Greek word logos-“meaning”) holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we find personally meaningful. (Man’s Search for Meaning, 2006-a commentary given by Harold S. Kushner author of When Bad Things Happen To Good People)

For True Life Christians this can only be One thing: the ultimate edification of Jesus Christ who gave us a suffering example of life while were here on this earth (1 Peter 2:21). Jesus Christ becomes the ultimate pursuit of meaning!

To quote from Albert Einstein, “The man who regards his life as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life. (The Will To Meaning by Victor Frankl, 1988-page 50)

If you don’t take Dr. Victor E. Frankl or (possibly one of the smartest people in current history) Albert Einstein’s words for it, turn to the Holy Bible. You will find in there a book with ultimate meaning, Ecclesiastes.

It was written by King Solomon (the wisest person throughout time), and the book of Ecclesiastes was essentially an experimentation of all that he knew and didn’t know just to find out if there was meaning in the world. He tried EVERYTHING! However, King Solomon, in all his wisdom, has one bit of advice in the last two verses of the book. Thus if you have the power to obey these verses, it will have the power to transform meaninglessness into holy meaning:

Now everything has been heard, so I give my final advice: Honor God and obey His commands, because this is all the people must do. God will judge everything, even what is done in secret, the good and the evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, NCV)

Not quite convinced yet? Take Jesus Christ’s words for it. Jesus says that the most important command is this:

Jesus answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. (Matthew 22:37, NCV)

So, why wait. In this life, if suffering for Jesus Christ’s name brings blessings from God in heaven, bring on the suffering for Jesus! It would truly mean Suffering for God’s Glory.

Here is a YouTube video that expresses what one is trying to say:

“Blessings”-Laura’s Story

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