I have a friend, a dear and godly friend. She has been chosen for something special in this life. It is a high calling, but not one that has much honour and appeal from our temporal eyes.
She has been chosen to suffer.
God uses suffering for our good, and His glory.
What does suffering accomplish in the life of the believer?
Some of you know from personal experience. Some of you have observed these results through the life of another.
Let us contemplate suffering through our biblical lenses:
11 Gifts Through a Life of Suffering
suffering causes acute awareness of our inability
suffering creates in us a child-like dependence on God
suffering forces us to learn patience, and endurance
suffering makes us long for heaven
suffering fosters faith living
suffering teaches us compassion
suffering causes us to identify with our saviour, and the high cost of personal redemption (resulting in a deeper more personal love for the saviour)
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. Phil 3:10
suffering reminds us of the beauty of our hope
suffering breaks our pride, and aids us in growing in humility
suffering makes us greater recipients of Gods grace (when we respond biblically), and a greater light for His glory
suffering demands submission to God’s will (the contrary is submission to misery and bitterness- not a good alternative).
“Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, and He will exalt you in due time.”
This is not an exhaustive list by any means. In fact, I am sure that there are many more that you can add off the top of your head. And, please do! Because, I want to add them to my mental list too. They are good reminders of the beauty that comes from ashes.
We can praise God in the midst of suffering, so let’s spur one another on to do just that! Let us be like this dear friend of mine, and use our life to shine and point to the saviour. Let us also prepare the way for the younger women who will be called to a similar calling in their future.
As we delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us the desire of our heart. Sometimes that desire can only come through suffering.
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