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 


others.

Pain changes people. 


There is no growth without 


pain. 


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...


unchanged.


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.

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