Reasons for Suffering

In I Peter 1:7, we read: “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” Our faith is tested by how we respond to suffering. Will we trust God when all seems wrong and we are really hurting? Real faith will trust, no matter what happens! Standing the test and keeping your faith firm will be greatly rewarded! Another reason for testing is found in Philippians 3:10: “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings.” Our suffering, especially when it is undeserved, gives us a little hint of what Jesus went through and the love He has for us that motivated Him to do it! Still another reason is a testimony to others of How God is with us every step of the way, and how He enables us to “go through the fire” and come out with our faith intact. Consider the three Hebrew young men in Daniel Chapter three. Their testimony changed an egotistical king’s mind, and along with Daniel’s testimony led to the king’s possible conversion. Still another reason is that it gives us a very important ministry. Paul gave us this inspired reason in II Corinthians !:4: “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” Someone who has experienced something of what we are going through can relate to our trial and bring us comfort and hope, and can pray with us and for us. If we have experienced God’s grace and comfort in our trials, let’s reach out to others who are suffering. Let’s bring them comfort and hope from the One Who brought it to us. May our prayer be that of Ira B. Wilson’s in his hymn, “Make Me a Blessing:” “Out in the highways and byways of life, many are weary and sad; carry the sunshine where darkness is rife, making the sorrowing glad. Give as ’twas given to you in your need, love as the Master loved you; be to the helpless a helper indeed, unto your mission be true. Make me a blessing, make me a blessing, out of my life may Jesus shine; make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray, make me a blessing to someone today.” Selah! God can channel His comfort, encouragement and hope through you to those who are suffering. Will you be that for them?   Ron 

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