Suffering For What?

I don’t know of anyone that likes to suffer.  Suffering is hard work.  In fact, most of us do everything that we can to avoid suffering if at all possible.  As I read through my Bible, I notice that Jesus talks a lot about suffering.  He knew that he was going to have to suffer and he indicates that if we are going to follow his way, then we will have to suffer as well.  I know that suffering is not a popular subject, but it is a necessary subject, because reality says that if you live long enough, then you will at some point experience suffering.

If I am going to have to suffer, then I want to get my suffering right.  If I am going to have to suffer, then I want to get out of my suffering whatever I can that will benefit and grow me into something or someone better than what I am.  I believe that this is one of the reasons that God allows us to suffer, so that through our suffering we can experience growth that we could not experience any other way.

All of us have gone through something at some time in our life and thought to ourselves:  “There is no way that I am ever going to make it through this!”  But then, the crazy thing is – we do make it through and we are better for it!

I don’t know what you are going through, but I know that if God is allowing you to go through something, then as you trust and love Him, He is going to use that something for your good and other’s blessing.  Hang in there and get the good stuff that God’s got waiting for you!