“Eight Reasons for the Suffering in our Lives”
As we close this three part series on The Mystery of Suffering, it is time now to explore the reasons why we suffer. God will never let us down; there is indeed light at the end of this long tunnel of pain. It is my prayer that these verses will speak to your soul and serve as weapons of encouragement for your spirit and as weapons of destruction to the enemies devises against you. The followings are eight reasons for suffering in our lives:
- 1. Suffering comes before the glory: Many of us, me included, want the glory, but not the pain associated with that glory. There is no glory without suffering that is for sure.
“And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” Romans 8:17
2. To know Christ we must know Him in death, in the power of His resurrection and in the fellowship of His suffering: Again, we all prefer the power, the charismatic gifts, bringing people back to life, the miracles; etc. However, Here we see a three dimensional way of truly getting to know Jesus Character:
a) We must know Him in death.
b) We must know Him in the power of His resurrection.
c) We must know Him en the fellowship of His suffering.
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” Philippians 3:10
3. Suffering helps us in our journey to perfection: In order to grow we must suffer. It seems like suffering is to our soul, as physical exercise is to our bodies. Without suffering there is no way to experience growth.
“In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.” Hebrews 5:8
4. Suffering Teach us obedience: There is no other more effective way to measure anybody’s obedience than through suffering. Suffering has a way of bringing the worst and the best out of us. It is through suffering that we learn true obedience as we will learn to only rely in God in the mix of our struggles.
“Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” Hebrews 2:10
5. Suffering is the test by fire that brings forth praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” I Peter1:6-7
6. Through suffering we are made not only perfect, but we are establish, strengthen and settle.
“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” I Peter 5:10
7. Suffering has a way of humbling us
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.” 2 Corinthians 12:7
8. Suffering never ends with us; it is always with the ultimate purpose of helping others
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-6