We walk by faith, not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. – 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NIV
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. - James 5:11 NIV
If you are born into this world you will suffer in this world. Everyone will experience criticism, loneliness, discouragement, pain and possibly even worse forms of suffering. Why does God allow for these things to happen? An important reason is to build in us faith and character. Did Jesus suffer? In every way human beings can suffer! God brought infinite good through His suffering. Through your suffering God will teach
- Rely on Him “This happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God who raises the dead.” – 2 Corinthians 1:9
- Help others “He comforts us through all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble…” – 2 Corinthians 1:4
- Draw closer to other believers. “On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.” – 2 Corinthians 1:11
So in faith refuse to be discouraged for God is with you, He is for you, He is working in and through you.
What is God teaching you through your suffering?
Lord Jesus, when I experience suffering, keep me focused on you and the strength you promise to give.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. - James 1:2-3
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. - 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
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