The narrow gate and the difficult way lead to eternal life—so few even find it!” Matthew 7:14 TPT.
Suffering or discomfort in Christianity has always been a mystery to me; we serve a good GOD, a loving GOD, so why do we have to go through suffering? I always thought that once I’m born-again, I will live heaven on earth, blessing upon blessing, favor upon favor. But if it was that easy, everyone would be a Christian right? But just like diamonds, the value and authenticity of our faith is tested by High pressure and extreme heat in the form of trials and tribulations.
The word of GOD tells us that we must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of GOD (Acts 14:22) and we only overcome these tribulations by Faith. We are born of GOD and whatever is born of GOD overcomes the world and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (I John 5:4). It is an honor and a privilege to suffer for Christ (Philippians 1:29). We are not to think it strange for the fiery trial has come to try us for our ultimate benefit and character building.
GOD wants us to live with eternity in mind and our focus on the life to come; we need to come to the realization that we are strangers and pilgrims here on earth. We are here to be tried, tested and proven for the life to come. I personally believe trials keep us humble and on our knees, so that even when GOD blesses us here on earth, we will be closer to Him than we would’ve been had we not gone through anything with Him. He never said it would be easy but it will definitely be worth it, stay on the narrow path for our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (II Corinthians 4:17). Your crown (reward) comes after the cross (trial).
Just like diamonds, the value and authenticity of our faith is tested by high pressure and extreme heat in the form of trials and tribulations