Higher Than Our Ways - 08
The very word causes fear and anxiety. Unfortunately, many Christians do not have a proper theology of suffering. We’d like to avoid all suffering and stroll through life without a care. But our sinful world will never deliver on that dream.
Instead, in II Corinthians 1:4, God has revealed to us at least one purpose for suffering. Speaking of God, Paul writes,
“Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
For a Christian, troubles and suffering do serve a divine purpose. When we go through a rough time, we are comforted by God. When our friend or neighbor goes through the same rough time, we can be a comfort to them. We have been equipped by our experience to offer the comfort of God in the rough situation.
We must choose to see our suffering as Jesus sees it, a training and proving ground. This will allow us to see purpose during the rough times. And when the time comes, be ready to comfort as you were comforted.