"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Why Do I Have to Suffer? Part 2
The second message that is strongly coming out of the Church of America is the message that places the emphasis on “doing.” Now we need to establish that faith without works is van (James 2:17) I am not teaching against works, I am teaching against making works our priority in this Christian experience.
As it relates to the reasons for suffering, I am sure that you have heard, probably more than once, that “the reason God is allowing you to go through this hell is so that you can help others; God is preparing you for ministry.” This is indeed a more Biblical message. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4,
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 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.
Even as there are elements of this statement that are true, this message is shadowed if it becomes the center of your Christian life. See, we can do many good things according to First Corinthians 13 and still have no love. As a matter of fact Matthew 7:21-23 tells us,
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
The idea that God allows you to go through hell and back just because he wants to use you is incomplete. This teaching tells us that everything we go through is with the objective of preparing us for ministry…they say! If I am homeless, it’s because God is preparing you to start a homeless ministry; if you are constantly in and out of jail, it’s because God is preparing you for a Prison Ministry; if you are divorced, you will help broken families and the list goes on and on.
Even as being used by God is one of the reasons for suffering, the Bible takes us to a deeper level and a more deeper and profound reason. There is a third message that must and will be released into the hearts of our Apostles and Prophets. To properly answer this question, we must change the emphasis from “Having and Doing” to Knowing God intimately. We must be the people God has called us to be. Having and doing will never get us there. This is where suffering shines like the starts at night.