We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8–9
Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.
Things won’t always go the way we expect them to and disappointments (or failed expectations) result in anger. The bible says it’s okay to be angry but warns us to not allow anger to cause us to sin. If we have been with Jesus, we’re expected to respond like Him too, but this is not always the case.
We’ve all experienced life’s ups and downs, and some of us can testify to have ups and downs with GOD, and have even become angry with Him. Noemi in the book of Ruth changed her name to Marah (bitter), when the name she was given meant ‘pleasant or delightful’. Jonah became suicidal after becoming angry with God for several reasons. And Moses, called out to God in agony, questioning His purpose in calling him to manage such a rebellious people.
The hard times truly do shape us. Each difficult or challenging process refines our character, our purpose and our faith. The scriptures say that the trying of our faith develops perseverance (Ja. 1:3) and also produces character and hope (Rom. 5:3-4). Even suffering works for our good!
Father God, thank you for always being our helper, for never leaving us alone and being a loyal friend. We stand in firm conviction knowing and believing that you are our father and we are your child. We are no longer slaves to fear, bad news, or suffering. We are no longer afraid of the uncertainties of life, of death, or of anything knowing that you love and accept us at all times. You care for us and keep guard over our lives, even when we are angry with you, despite of our sins or wrong choices. I pray for surrender to your will Lord; may we be renewed with a deep conviction that absolutely all things work for good. In Jesus name, Amen.