PURPOSE OF SUFFERING
Have you wondered what God is doing in your difficult circumstances? Why God allows suffering into our lives? Do you wonder what is the purpose of suffering? It’s natural to ask why and to want to see some benefit from our suffering, because it makes us feel better if we can see good coming out of the difficult situations in our lives. It makes it seem more “worth it” when we can see a purpose for it all.
If you’ve ever wondered what God is up to, then I have good news for you. God is doing something. He is doing something very good, indeed.
“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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
God’s Word promises us that the trials in our lives are producing in us a character that is mature or complete. God is using the difficult situations in our lives to build in us qualities like patience, empathy for others, kindness, and a strong faith in Him. Our trials are giving us the gift of being able to see beyond the shallow things in life and find true meaning and value in those things that are really important. This produces in us wisdom and spiritual depth that only comes from enduring the really hard stuff of life.
BEAUTY FROM BROKENNESS
What is the purpose of suffering?
But it’s not.
There are people that still need Him, and we are the ones God wants to use to draw more people into relationship with Himself. Think about it. Why else would God leave us here in difficult circumstances? It can only be that He wants to take as many of us to heaven as possible.
If we don’t tell others about real hope, who will?
Who do you know who needs real hope?
Dear God, give us courage to hold out the hope that we possess. Help us to let your light shine through us so that others can see You. Thank you for making us beautiful and using us in your perfect plan to help others come to You.
Laurie is a wife, mom, nurse, and patient living with fibromyalgia. She understands first-hand what life is like with chronic pain and illness. Her passion is to help provide others with the spiritual encouragement and resources that she so desperately needed when she was first diagnosed.