Following Christ involves 

suffering and trials.

Paul sees suffering for Christ 

as a privilege.

God allows suffering to come to people, but not 

all suffering comes from sin. Jesus said that 

suffering can be for God’s glory.

John 9:1-7

Joseph suffered because of 

the sins of his siblings. 

Although Joseph’s brothers intended to harm him, 

God intended to accomplish good things through his

 suffering, including saving the lives of many people, 

including his wicked brothers.

Genesis 50:20

It can be very difficult to discern how God is 

at work in our misfortune. Instead of telling us 

why we suffer, the Bible shows

us how to face suffering. 

In life, pain and storms are inevitable. In this life,

 we may still go hungry, get sick, grieve, and 

ultimately die.

Romans 8:18-24; Philippians 2:25-28

Whether it is emotional or physical pain... we will 

all experience the valleys of suffering and pain...

at some point in life.

God wants us to grow, and will sometimes 

use suffering to discipline us for our benefit. 

Hebrews 12:7-13

Suffering can build our faith so we can serve 

God better. So, after you have suffered a little 

while, God will restore, support, and strengthen 

us. God will place us on a firm foundation.

1 Peter 5:10

Through suffering, God shapes and moulds us 

into people who honour His Name and bless 


Pain changes people. 

There is no growth without 


Pain and suffering has a way of stripping away 

those things that will not bring out the best in us.

Through suffering, God can mould us.

Sometimes pain awakens 

us to God. 

Some of the richest, fullest, and most fruitful

 lives are those lives that have been in the 

crucible of testing and tribulation.

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

One does not become enlightened by imaginings.

There are times when both the righteous

 and the wicked suffer. 

Job 1–2

Suffering is universal. 

All creation suffers.

Romans 8:22

If we have compassion for those we see, 

we suffer with them.

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers 

to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, 

but shouts in our pains. It is His megaphone to rouse 

a deaf world.”

― C.S. Lewis

We are most keenly aware of God’s character 

in our suffering. It is when our self-sufficiency 

is peeled away that we see how weak we really

 are. It is in that moment of weakness that, as

 God tells Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9

“My power is made perfect in weakness.” 

It is in our pain that God has us taste His 

power, most intimately.

 It was in our brokenness that we are able

 to witness God’s strength made perfect as 

He carries us through. 

Pain and suffering can help us to learn vital life 

lessons. The valley of suffering can shape our

 character  and prevent us from becoming 

dangerously proud.

Our personal pain also speaks volumes to those 

around us it gives us a platform of sorts.

The dark and painful seasons we journey 

through in life can lead to repentance and 

salvation and help us to put our trust in God.

Experiencing and persevering through 

extremely challenging seasons can stretch 

and build us. 

Challenges can become valuable insights, 

they can open doors, help us to develop godly 

character, refine our faith and hold many vital 

teachable moments for those of us who are 

directly involved. 

The most painful events always seem to 

contain hidden blessings. When we bear the

 pain and go through the valley of suffering...

we can be an inspiration to others.

In life, pain and storms are inevitable. 

Whether emotional or physical pain... 

we will all experience 

the valleys of suffering and pain...

at some point in life.

God is totally aware and committed 

to accomplish the purposes for the hurt

 He has allowed.

No one comes out of 

the valley of pain and suffering...


As painful as it is,

 pain and suffering has a way of stripping away 

those things that will not bring out the best in us.

Pain can often help us find a new sense of purpose, 

acceptance of what is happening, and the realization 

of inner peace.

Those valleys of suffering will not go away

 until the reason for their arrival has been accomplished.

God is masterful enough to divinely orchestrate 

all of our trials and tribulations, in such a way, 

that they ultimately draw us towards being the 

people God desires for us to be.

Let us keep in mind...

whatever brings us 

closer to God is a blessing.

God uses the most painful 

suffering for good.

Those painful periods can serve as 

powerful and purposeful lessons.

May our response to pain and suffering 

lead us to 

look beyond the pain and suffering

 in the attempt to 

see God’s higher purposes

 and what God wants to teach us.

Let us always remember

 and never forget:

God does not leave us hopeless or in 

despair as we navigate

through these valleys of suffering.

Time and time again….

God promises and provides... 

His amazing grace.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,

that saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now am found,

was blind, but now, I see.

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear...

and Grace, my fears relieved.

How precious did that Grace appear...

the hour I first believed.


Through many dangers, toils and snares...

we have already come.

T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...

and Grace will lead us home.

As God ordains suffering in our lives, may we 

embrace it, knowing it will be for our good, 

both now and forever.

32 views - 0 comments
32 views - 0 comments
37 views - 0 comments

Positively Good Visitors