Suffering has been part of the mankind from the time Adam and Eve sinned against God. The earth was cursed and suffering became the gain of man's disobedience. Diseases, pestilences, natural calamities, bad governance, greed, selfishness etc became part of the cursed world. Many atimes, suffering comes our way in different forms and in different measures.
WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT SUFFERING?
Jesus told us that he came to the world and the world did not even take a notice of Him. The world hated him who had come to offer his help. The world rebelled against his offer of peace and comfort.
WHY GOD ALLOWS US TO SUFFER
There are reasons why God allow Christians in this world of hate and sin to suffer; God will test us, guide and equip us for his own divine purpose concerning our lives.
WHY DOES GOD ALLOE US TO SUFFER?
- Personal sin, At times God will allow suffering as a result of us falling into temptation that Satan throws at us, Read 1 John 2:16, and because he love us he will correct us Hebrew 12:6
- God Allows Problems in Order to Test Our Hearts . God may allow problems so that He may test your heart and your motives. Job 1:12
- God Wants to Build Your Character. God is interested in developing our character. When our character is developed , we are able to handle the challenges of the world.
- During your sufdering, God may be teaching you specific values and virtues such as patience, perseverance, love, faith, etc. James 1:2-5
- Suffering equips us for ministry. Firsthand experience in suffering is essential in equipping us for ministry. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:4 that God comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
- Suffering prepares us for eternal glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17- 18, This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. Read also acts 14:22
How should we respond to suffering?
As Christians when we suffer, we should respond in the following manner
- Cry out to God. When we go through suffering, we should go before the Lord and cry out to the Lord. David cried to the Lord all the time he was going through suffering - Psalms 88, 50:15
- Believe and act on the word of God - John 6:63, Hebrew 4:12,
- Overcome evil with good - Romans 12:21
- Give thanks to God - 1 Thess 5:18
No matter what you are going through, remember Romans 8:35 -39
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God has chosen to help man through his sufferings. He has therefore provided a different way to help man overcome suffering. The greatest of his intervention was the restoration of man's fellowship with Himself through Christ Jesus.
You can not have this restoration without accepting Jesus as the Lord and saviour of your life. Will you accept Jesus now?
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Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.