Accept Suffering -There’s A Very Real Purpose In It

May 17

“But may the God of all grace,
who called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,
after you have suffered a while,
perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”
1 Peter 5:10

Suffering is very much a part of our walk with the Lord. But it’s not suffering for suffering’s sake. Some people in various religions actually flagellate themselves with whips, or climb stone stairs on their knees, thinking they’re gaining points with God. Those rituals are useless and actually counterproductive. No, God who created each unique individual, chooses the elements in life that will mold them and change them into what they were meant to be. Nothing touches a believer that has not been passed through the loving Creator’s hands and watched over by his eye.

Therefore, don’t resist it. Settle it in your heart to cooperate with the Lord, that he might successfully bring about his purpose in you. Pray instead for a cleansed and purified heart worthy of him. Ask for enlightenment. Ask for grace and strength to cooperate with him in all that he desires to accomplish in you, knowing that it will produce reward that you will enjoy for all eternity.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared
with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Romans 8:18