Today’s Feature Film: Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End
Quote: Pintel: No one said anything about cold.
Ragetti: I'm sure there must be a good reason for our suffering
Biblical Connection: 1 Peter 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials (NASB)
Captain Jack Sparrow was dead. His life was taken by the terrible Kraken at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest. Yet in true sequel formula he doesn’t have to stay dead. At the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End, the third movie in this franchise, fellow crew members embark on a quest to bring him back from World’s End. The journey isn’t easy. They must sail all the way to end of the earth. It proves to be a treacherous journey. Pirates typically troll warm weather areas in search of their plunder. They are not used to being cold. Especially when they reach the farthest point from the equator. It is very very, cold when you get this far from the steady warmth of the sun. They are freezing and uncomfortable. It is at this point when the above quote is spoken. And yes, they are correct, there is good reason for their suffering. If they want to save Jack, they must be willing to endure this comfortableness for a short time.
We face similar situations in our lives as well. Illness, unemployment, financial struggles, and even loss; all difficult, all forms of suffering, all things we wish we didn’t have to face. However, our scripture says we will rejoice. Sometimes that doesn’t seem possible when we are in the midst of it. It’s only after, when we are able to look back at how God provided for us, or strengthened us, can we be joyful. All of what we go through is designed to be part of fulfilling God’s plan for our lives. And His plan is always to make us more and more like Jesus. Becoming like Jesus is not easy. The life He lived doesn’t come naturally. God has designed difficulties, tribulation, and suffering to bring us around to His way of living our lives. Because really, would we ever choose to react the way Jesus did in all situations? Hmmmm I think not. If we go through something difficult, it forces us to look to Jesus for our strength. It causes us to turn to Him for peace and comfort. It challenges us to live out our faith fully. It is a place of complete and utter dependence. Which is exactly where we need to be.
So we suffer. And sometimes it is uncomfortable. Sometimes we question and don’t understand. But in the end we can be joyful, because yes, there is a good reason for it.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
2 Timothy 2:10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.
1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;
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