It seems everywhere we look we see people suffering in many different ways: inflation, crime, immorality, dirty politics and the like: these are just a few of the things that bring us stress and uncertainty about the future. Many people have even lost hope and believe it’s only going to get worse. To them, the future looks very bleak.
The truth is, if we believe God’s Word, we can rejoice in suffering and know for sure that we are able to bear up under it. Simply put, we can trust God to take care of the future.
God doesn’t just speak to hear Himself talk! His Word is active and powerful and works in our lives—if we allow it. He tells us His grace is sufficient, and it most definitely is. In 2nd Corinthians 12, we read about Paul’s suffering from a thorn in the flesh. Paul asked God three times to rid him of this affliction. But God did not. Instead, He teaches Paul
about grace. God’s grace was sufficient for Paul, and it is for our suffering as well.
Ask yourself the question: Has God ever let you down? It may seem so at times, but scripture tells us that He will never leave or forsake us, that nothing can separate us from His love, and that He will always be with us, even to the end of the age. Our God is a promise-keeping God; if He says it, He means it.
We need to look to Him and not to what mere man is saying. God is not surprised at the fiery trials we are going through. He knows the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion waiting to devour us. But God tells us in I John 5:4, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve victory through our faith.” This means we are safe from
all that’s going on—if only we are willing to keep the faith.
To combat suffering in our lives, we must have a true relationship with Jesus Christ. Then we will not suffer in the same way that nonbelievers do. We know that God’s grace is sufficient for our suffering, just as it was for Paul’s. We know that victory is ours. We know that God is faithful and will provide a way out. So why do we sometimes let suffering swallow us up as if we didn’t believe these promises. God has been faithful throughout history, right? He sent His son to die for us. He gave us the Holy Spirit and His Word. He has given us everything we need to live through our suffering.
Our ability to handle the pain and bear up under the suffering serves as a witness that God is real, alive and very present in our world. He Is not merely a god who stands by and watches what is going on; He is very much working in the lives of every believer. He loves us, He cares about us, and He gives us everything we need for happiness and godliness. In all things, He works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.