Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4
How much can you know about yourself, if you’ve never been in a fight?
The Fight Club
In order to effectively help others, it is necessary that our character is pruned, our faith tested and our beliefs challenged. We often think that nothing is happening, and that we are suffering for no reason: but God is doing something inside of us.
All human beings tend to struggle with patience, and the desire to take control of their lives, so God has to allow us to suffer so we can learn. The word says that although Jesus was the Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered (Heb. 5:8). Challenging times can be used to get to know a different side of God and to find and cast down limiting beliefs in your life. The word says that when we go through hardships, we develop honorable traits like patience, persistence and hope.
The word says that the world will know us by our fruit. The fruit of God, is our likeness to God: faith, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). In order to reach specific people around us, God wants to demonstrate His character through us. For instance, we cannot engage in illegal activity with our co-workers or school colleagues, but with love, kindness and gentleness- we can build a relationship with them and win them to Christ. The apostle Paul said, that He wants to bear the sufferings of Christ, not just the blessings of knowing God. When we welcome Christ into our hearts, we very vaguely imagine that we’ve enrolled into a life of persecution and suffering. Sometimes we say things like, ‘there’s a purpose behind your suffering’, or ‘this trial has an expiration date’… and although these are both true: we continue despite of! God knows our past, our future and our future. He knows what we are thinking, and how we are feeling even before we speak or acknowledge these. He is faithful to use all things for our good.
Suffering is one of those topics which we question and trip over. We simply do not have the answers. If God suffered, then it’s a given we will all inevitably suffer. And if He obtained the victory in His suffering, we can too!
One day soon we will see that the things we suffered through were simply the process and the preparation for what He has already set in motion for us to do. We will remember them as memories, as waters that have gone by.
Father God, thank you for your love and your presence. Thank you for doing life with us, and giving us the desire to live and continue to seek your face. I pray for my brothers and sisters who are suffering because they need to repent and even those who need to surrender and rely on you. I pray you help us Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.