LLLV18 9-6-2018 Ben Franklin-Larry on Enduring Suffering
That humans suffer, regardless of ethnic background, is an observable fact of life. Thus far in our long journey on the earth, we have failed to reach consensus on which type of suffering is worse. Physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual are vastly different but identical in the evaluation of people suffering one or a combination of the above, that the suffering they endure is of all possible suffering, the worst.
In his book, Why Life Hurts, Jim Scudder, has an article, The Day Suffering Goes Away. Here’s a clip on how Ben Franklin handled suffering:
“When Ben Franklin was about to die, he asked that a painting of Christ on the cross be placed where he could see it in his bedroom so that he could look, as he said, upon the form of the Silent Sufferer.”
When we suffer, we may feel that we are alone in the suffering. The Christian can take refuge in the fact that Jesus Christ suffered as the Creed proclaims, “the pains of hell for us.” Our earthly suffering often is tormenting, but we know that one way another it will cease. Contrasted with eternal suffering ours is brief. Many songs celebrate the day the tears are tenderly wiped from our eyes. I admit to being among those who embrace this biblical hope through faith in Christ.
Jim also mentions the more famous epitaph on Franklin’s tombstone:
“The body of Benjamin Franklin, Printer, like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and gilding, lies here…Yet the work itself shall not be lost; for it will, as he believed, appear once more in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by the Author.”
The method of dealing with suffering is to follow the biblical example laid out by Job and many others, as well POW’s and other types of prisoners such as Joseph, Daniel, and Paul. They and the rest of those who are listed in the Bible learned to look beyond the present pain and focus on the promises of God and the coming day when we behold Him.
Paul said it like this concerning Abraham’s long wait:
Hebrews 11:10 “for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
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