Suffering with Dignity

Daily Christian Devotionalby Max Lucado

This question has been asked of me: “It breaks my heart to see patients who pray every day for miracles, and still they suffer. What do I tell them?

The last years of my dad’s life were scarred by A.L.S., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It took him from a healthy mechanic to a bed-ridden paralytic. He lost his voice and his muscles. But he never lost his faith. It wasn’t so much what he said, but more what he didn’t say. Never outwardly angry or bitter, Jack Lucado suffered with dignity.

After my dad’s funeral, a man told me it was because of my dad’s example that he became a Jesus follower. I’ve wondered, did God orchestrate my father’s illness for that very reason? Knowing the value God places on one soul—I wouldn’t be surprised. And imaging the splendor of heaven, I know my dad is not complaining!

Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

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5 Responses to Suffering with Dignity

  1. Stephen Bernard says:

    Praise the Lord. Obedience to His judgement is what His children are called for.

    Thank you. God bless you and keep you.

  2. Jay Vitale says:

    These diseases are not of God, I know for sure that what the enemy does for evil, the Lord turns in around and for our good! Our God is a turnaround God. Amen

  3. Douglas R. Dawson says:

    Jesus forever,forever Jesus,Jesus the same yesterday,today and forever.amen

  4. Luis Alberto Anez Saavedra says:

    Thank you for sharing about your Dad. For sure God didn’t want the situation like this, but there is no doubt it became for good, because Jack Lucado loved God.

  5. Cindy says:

    Thank you for sharing about your Dad. My mother died from ALS, so I know the pain and sadness to watch your parent suffer. Through all of her pain, she never complained and stayed faithful to God to the very end. Her life was a testimony to so many, just like your Dad.
    God is always faithful…even in the most painful situations, He is there. I don’t know how people survive this life without Him.
    Thank you for sharing God to this world. May He continue to bless you and your ministry.

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