The Blessing of Suffering

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016

“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.”

Luke 6:22–23

Charles Spurgeon had a powerful and effective ministry that began while he was still a teenager. There is no question that his incredible gifts and the enormous growth of the church that he pastored were testimony to the work that God did in and through his life. Yet for most of his ministry, Spurgeon suffered greatly from gout and Bright’s disease, and he died at just fifty-seven years of age. The enormous physical pain he endured could have driven him to question and doubt God, but instead it led Spurgeon to trust Him more. He said, “I am certain that I never did grow in grace one-half so much anywhere as I have upon the bed of pain.”

Hardship, affliction, and suffering are not pleasant, but they are often the necessary tools God uses to shape us into the men and women He needs us to be for His work. Each trial offers us an opportunity to learn more of God’s grace and depend more fully on Him for our needs to be met. The Christian life is promised to be victorious, but it is never promised to be easy. In addition to realizing that our hardships can be used by God, we must also remember that they are not permanent. Psalm 30:5b says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” There is a day of joy and victory coming for every believer who is faithful even during times of testing and tears.

When times of suffering come, do not allow yourself to question God’s love and care for you.

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