Glory of the Cross
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. - Isaiah 53:10-12
Few of us would voluntarily ask for a cup of suffering. Most of us get one anyway.
We aren't alone, however. The cup of suffering has be drunk by generations of saints before us. Suffering is the very cup Jesus willingly accepted in life and in death. When we drink from the cup, we can allow the bitter aftertaste of suffering to overwhelm us, or we can have faith that God can use that suffering to transform us.
Take the cup of suffering you hold in your hands today and bring it to God. Sit at the foot of the cross. Think of your Savior there, willingly dying so that you could be saved.
Through your pain and the faith you show in the midst of it, you are lifting up your crucified Savior to the rest of the world. Others see in you the glory of Christ's cross.
Help me, God, to show Christ to the world in my suffering.