Suffering: For God’s Glory and Your Good

| December 5, 2014

Suffering is inevitable.

We are constantly reminded by our friends, family, and media of that suffering. Believers are not exempt; every follower of Christ will experience some kind of trial or suffering.

We're guaranteed to suffer for two reasons. The first is because sin infected everything in our world. When sin entered, nothing in the realm of creation escaped its destroying touch. It ushered in general suffering, such as natural disasters and disease. The second reason is because suffering is a part of being a Christ follower.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (1 Pet. 4:12-13)

Christians need not wonder why we are suffering. Rather we rejoice that we are allowed to follow in Christ’s example of suffering.

In his last hours on earth, Christ reiterated the certainty of suffering in a Christian’s life by stating, “In the world you will have tribulation.” (John 16:33). This verse would be incredibly difficult to bear if that is all Scripture said about…

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