Suffering is for a little while

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10)

Our current struggle is not because we have done anything wrong or because God wants to punish us or to make us struggle. In fact, God does not cause suffering, but through our struggles we can increase in strength. This strength empowers us for the work of ministry to the needs of others. Within our struggles we are forced to seek God so that we can be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. It is so that we can help to change the world.

The disciples asked Jesus if the blind man or his family had committed sin why he was born blind. Jesus responds, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. Jesus continued that we must do the works of him that has sent us for a time will come when no one can work. (John 9:3-4)

We have each been called to work for God, to lead people to him and to be his disciples. The blind man had a testimony about the healing power of Jesus Christ. His neighbors could not believe that he was the same blind person who used to stand in the street begging. “Is this not the same person who used to sit and beg?” (John 9:8) God will promote you from your current place of despair to cause others to marvel.

God will turn things around so your neighbors will say; is this not the person who was broke and depressed? Is this not the person who was single, lonely, jobless, childless, sick and in despair? They will be able to see God’s work displayed in you and this struggle will become a testimony. Suffering doesn’t last always and just like every season, this too will pass. When we allow God to heal us, he will transform our suffering into a source of strength to help someone else in need.

A.P.-Y.

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