As a Christian, it is natural to question why God allows suffering in our lives.
We often wonder how much longer we’ll have to endure the pain, and at times it can be hard to see a way out.
If you’re in the midst of a tough season, it’s important to know that you’re not alone.
Let’s look at what the Bible says about suffering and provide practical tips on how to trust God during challenging times.
Suffering is a Part of Life
While we may not understand the reason behind our suffering, it’s important to realize that it’s part of the human experience.
As Christians, we are not immune to pain and hardships.
In fact, Jesus himself suffered on the cross. In John 16:33, Jesus says, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
God is in Control
Regardless of how bleak things may seem, we need to remember that God is always in control.
He is sovereign and has a plan for our lives.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
While we may not understand why we’re going through suffering, we can trust that God has a purpose for it.
Enduring Suffering Builds Character
Suffering can be a way to build our character and faith.
James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Even though we may not enjoy the pain, we can grow and become stronger as a result of it.
Suffering is Temporary
It can be easy to think that our suffering will last forever, but the Bible reminds us that it is temporary.
2 Corinthians 4:17 says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
While it may not feel “light and momentary” in the moment, we can have hope that our suffering will not last forever.
We Can Find Comfort in Community
When we’re going through a tough time, it can be helpful to lean on our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We can find comfort by sharing our struggles and receiving prayer and support from those around us.
Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
We were not meant to go through suffering alone, and there is strength in the community of faith.
God is in control, and there is a purpose for our suffering. We can also find comfort in knowing that our suffering is temporary, and we can grow in our faith as a result.
If possible do try leaning on your brothers and sisters in Christ for support and strength during challenging times.