1243. Do Not Be Surprised

1. Do not be surprised at the suffering you bear;
It’s not something strange, so you must not despair.
Rejoice that you share with Christ and His sufferings know;
When He comes in glory, your joy will o’erflow.

If God should will that you suffer ill,
Commit yourself gladly His will to fulfill.

2. If you are insulted because of Christ’s name,
You’re blessed, for God’s Spirit on you will remain.
Your suffering should never be for what deserves blame;
But if for your faith you’re hurt, be not ashamed. [Refrain]

3. God’s judgment will start with His own family.
What then will the outcome for godless men be?
In spite of your suffering, do good to all men;
For God will be faithful to you to the end. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Do not be surprised at the suffering you bear
Title: Do Not Be Surprised
Author: Susan H. Peterson (1998)
Refrain First Line: If God should will that you suffer ill
Language: English
Copyright: Released into the public domain
Tune Information
Composer: William Gustavus Fischer (1872)
Incipit: 55123 21232 15512
Key: A Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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