Suffering sucks. However, it teaches you a lot about yourself, and about God. It teaches you strategies on how to keep yourself emotionally healthy, and how to keep your head above water. It forces you to find the good things in life, and to cling to them so you won’t be overwhelmed by despair.
Suffering is a harsh teacher. But it is a fierce fire that brings the impurities to the surface. And for that, I am thankful. It reveals the state of my heart. It forces me to choose between words of life, and words of death. It forces me to choose between God’s way, and the way of the sinful world. It forces me to choose whether I will live in fear, or live in courage.
It forces me to keep on keeping on, going from strength to strength, as it says in the Psalms. It shows me how strong my God is. And it teaches me to develop my spiritual muscles. And better, it teaches me how these muscles are developed so I can be an aid to others.
It’s like it says in the Bible: “Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5, NIV).
Suffering forces us to persevere, even when we’d like to give up. It forces us to have courage, to look to God, and to place our lives in His able Hands. And this perseverance produces character in us. It makes us into someone more like Jesus. And the light at the end of the tunnel? It produces hope in our lives.
God is our hope, and He will see us through.
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