Have you ever wondered why you or someone else you know; has to suffer so severely? It doesn’t make any sense to you. The afflicted one is a great Christian and wonderful person. They are a huge blessing to the community; as well as to their family.
Suffering is inevitable In the lives of those who are joint heirs with Jesus. The Lord promises in John 17:33, “In this world you will have tribulations; so do not be afraid, I have overcome the world.”
Suffering can actually be beneficial for believers in Christ. I know you are thinking; how in the world can anyone benefit from suffering? I for one, do not like to suffer. In fact, I admit, I am a big baby. Pain is not my friend. I whine and whine to anyone who will listen. Nobody wants to hear whining.
Verse 17 of the above passage tells us, “We suffer with him in order that we may be glorified with Him.” Romans 5:3-4 tells us we are to “glory in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
For the sake of their faith; many of the saints of old, had to suffer through physical illness, or through persecution. All things, even suffering,works together for our good and God’s glory. Why? It makes us depend on God, who is the only One who can do anything about it. He suffered for us; so that we could experience abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven. We grow spiritually from suffering and it builds within us the ability to help others who are suffering.
We must glory in the God of our tribulations. If we will allow Him; He will use them to transform us from glory to glory.
Prayer in Motion:
Jesus, please help me to grow from my suffering; so it will not be in vain. In Jesus Name. Amen