Suffering is a universal experience. At some point in our lives, we’ve all found ourselves asking, “Why? Why am I going through this pain?” In the midst of our challenges, it’s difficult to see the purpose, the silver lining. However, a profound truth rests within these trials: God often uses our suffering to both fortify our faith and comfort others.
We might wish for faith to be an easy gift, handed to us without effort or struggle. But just like the cherished toy earned through hard work rather than received as a fleeting birthday present, faith becomes more deeply rooted when forged through trials.
But how can suffering be purposeful or good? Especially when we are trapped in the midst of it, the path ahead seems dim. The Bible offers us a beacon of hope in these moments. Romans 8:28 says, “… all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” Through our lowest lows, when all feels lost, God is working. In our darkest nights, we turn to Him more genuinely than ever, letting Him see our vulnerabilities and doubts. This profound intimacy with God draws us closer to Him, and in His steadfastness, He rejuvenates our spirit.
Once we weather these storms and find ourselves back on serene shores, our experiences become invaluable to others. As Colossians 1:24 notes, “… I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the Church.” Jesus, though He suffered on Earth, did not face every affliction known to man. He didn’t experience the anguish of losing a child or the devastation of a cancer diagnosis. Yet, as believers, we often encounter these trials and, through them, have the opportunity to stand alongside Jesus, comforting those in pain.
It’s the grieving widow offering solace to another who’s lost her spouse. It’s the cancer survivor extending hope to a newly diagnosed patient. It’s through our suffering, and our understanding of pain, that we can genuinely connect with others and be that beacon of hope.
This is essential for believers and non-believers alike. Our shared experiences provide a bridge, linking us to those who might not yet know God but need to see His love and restoration in action.
As believers, we should anticipate trials, knowing that Jesus suffered for the world’s salvation. We, too, can expect to face hardships as we strive to emulate Him and bring His light to those in need.
In the face of challenges, let’s pray for the strength and faith to endure, not only for our sake but to be a source of support for others. Through our suffering, let God’s love shine even brighter. To Him be all the glory.