1 Peter 5:10
Looking at the verse above, you may be saying, “Wait a minute! I am SUPPOSED to suffer? Is that really how I can become strong, firm and steadfast? I don’t think I like that part of being a Christian.”
No one likes to suffer. When pain occurs, all we want to do is to find relief. In fact, many of us fall into the trap of believing that God doesn’t love us or that we have failed Him in some way. Whether the circumstances were brought on by our own mistakes or as a result of unexpected circumstances, pain and suffering are not the means we desire to increase our faith.
God’s Word assures us that it is Christ Himself who uses suffering to create unbelievable spiritual changes within us. It does not mean that the circumstances will change. Rather as we view the extent of His love through our own suffering, we better understand our salvation through His suffering. And though it can be difficult, suffering is used by Him to reveal His eternal purpose of saving us, disciplining us as His children and making us spiritually strong, firm, and steadfast in our faith.
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank You for revealing Yourself through suffering. Thank You especially for Your Son who willing yielded to suffering for me. Amen.