“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.”
Everyone on this earth will go through suffering. As harsh and negative as that sounds, it’s true. There is not one person who hasn’t gone through something that is negative. If they haven’t gone through it yet, they will. It’s sad and scary to think about it that way. Especially when you have people that you care about that you don’t want to see hurting, but it’s the truth. Everyone’s going to face hurt.
You may be going through trials right now. A sickness, break up, depression, loneliness, or maybe it’s loss of a loved one. What is the point of these sufferings and why do we go through them?
It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture when we’re going through things that we don’t understand. We automatically start blaming our troubles on different things, circumstances, or other people. We wallow in our pain and linger on our hurts and suffering to make others look at us and have sympathy for us. So they can possibly fix us and save us the trouble of doing it ourselves.
Frustration grabs ahold of us as we can’t figure out what we can do to fix all of our problems and get out of being miserable. That’s where our main focus goes to when we go through things we don’t understand; trying to understand them. It’s only human to want to understand everything and when we don’t, our heart becomes troubled.
God allows us to go through these moments of suffering to teach us things about our purpose and to shape us for our purpose. We all have a purpose to fulfill and we all have different ways of getting there. God has equipped us to take on the sufferings that we go through, so He never puts us through anything that we can’t make it through. All that He asks of us is to trust Him through it all and accept his restoration.
Job is a figure that I look to when it comes to someone who has suffered. Job is the poster-character of one who has been through suffering. He lost everything and went through everything that was meant to break his faith. Yet, he remained faithful and God blessed Him twice as much as what he had lost. God restored him after all of the suffering that he went through(Job 42:10-17).
When we remain faithful to God through our trials and frustrations, we will be able to see later on what it has to do with our purpose in life. We will be able to use those things that we went through to better help others that have been through the same thing. He will bless us with so much more in return of our faithfulness. He will restore us through and through just as He did for Job.
Even though we don’t understand at the moment, God understands. God knows what lies ahead in our lives. He has a plan for each and every one of us and that plan is to keep us from harm. God always keeps His promises:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
So whenever you are going through the trying things of this world, remember the One who has already conquered this world. The one that will restore your soul for better and His kingdom!
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
Believe in His: