May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you – 1 Peter 5:10.
Suffering is a very real issue for the body of Christ. It’s something everyone goes through one way or another. It may come in the form of financial hardship, physical problems, relationship difficulties and many other things. Suffering is designed by GOD but it does come with good benefits. Personally, suffering has played a huge role in building my trust in the Almighty; it has forced me to turn from trusting in my own resources to living by faith in God’s abundant resources. So over and above everything else, suffering has helped my faith in GOD a great deal.
When we are in the middle of a trial we may feel like we are about to fall apart and buckle under pressure. We are attacked by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Our human efforts prove to be in vain and we’re left with no choice but to turn to GOD. It’s during these times that we are actually brought down to the very bedrock of our faith. As a result, we come to a place where our faith is unshakable. As we journey through our own fiery trials, and find GOD to be true to what He says, our faith in Him increases. During suffering we have firsthand experience of both His sustaining grace and His purposeful design.
What always strengthen my faith and keeps me going in hard times is the assurance that the GOD who preserved me before will still do the same now. I am convicted because of my past experience and remain unshakable because I know He has never let me down before and is not about to start now. It matters for us to have a positive outlook on the purpose of suffering in a life of a Christian, because our outlook will yield results. If you think suffering comes to destroy you, surely you will be destroyed but if you think it comes to establish you, you shall be established.
My strength in hard times is the assurance that the GOD who preserved me before will do the same even now