A Right Theology to Your Suffering

Right now, it may seem as if the cycle is endless – trials, heartaches. Repeat. It seems as if as soon as you get your head above the waves, another round hits and you feel as if you are gasping for air all over again. Life is hard. It can be difficult to settle your mind on the promises of God when your mind is reeling. But, there are promises to us and there is encourage for our souls. When life shifts and sifts, contemplate on a right theology for your suffering:

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 I Peter 1:6-7

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

 It may seem like your suffering will never end, but this life is so very short. All eternity will be spent without tears and without sorrow. In comparison to eternity, this life is so very short. There is a purpose to your grief – it causes you to cry out to your Father in heaven. It causes you to recognize that your strength and power comes from the Lord.

It is a testimony to the heavenlies.

Job 1:8

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

Your response to your trials is a powerful testimony in the spiritual realm. It speaks to the testimony of the glory of God. Though Job faced incomparable loss, he chose to continue in his praise of the Lord. Your testing isn’t just for this earth, but for glory of God in the heavenlies.

Trials are meant to mature you.

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

You cannot remain immature in your trials, they are meant to grow and stretch you. When you see an example of steadfast faith in a person, you see one that has endured, persevered under great suffering.

God disciplines those He loves.

Hebrews 12:5-6

And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as son: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”

We often mistake God’s loving discipline in our lives as harsh or even cruel. We forget that a loving father disciples his child, for their own good. If God loves you, you will know hardship. You can be assured that He loves you too much to leave you as you are. He desires for you to be complete – able to withstand with His power.

God’s glory will be revealed in us.

Romans 8:18

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Though you are promised suffering here on this earth, it pales in comparison to the glory you will experience and the glory that will be revealed in you. That is a magnificent and sobering thought – that God can use us even when we question and doubt.  You are meant to make Him look good and how can you do that unless there is first of all, weakness so that He may be proven faithful and true?

God will do as He pleases

Isaiah 46:10

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.

We cannot understand or know the thoughts of God. God’s omnipotence and omniscience allows Him to see how all things work together for good. You can trust that God is all loving while He does what pleases Him.

God’s love for you absolutely trumps your sorrows. It may seem as if He is none caring…but the it is the world, that ravages you and your life. It is sin that leads to death. It is the enemy of God who seeks to destroy. God is unchanging and perhaps during periods in our life – the only thing we can count on as being there and not shifting and sifting. Your suffering will not last. If only you and I could see all that is being done around us and inside of us…it would so change our perspective. But we cannot always see, which is a call for faith, which is believing and trusting that God truly is working all things out for our good and His glory.

Take heart. He’s overcome.

 

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