I’d like to talk about a subject that many people pretend is non-existent. We live in a society where people don’t want to suffer. But when you understand the journey, you understand that in order for you to get to the “prize”, you have to go down Suffer Street. We have to understand that our journey is not the final destination. In order to get to our blessing on the other side, we have to travel down this street.
I’m here to share with you that although suffering (a state of undergoing pain, hardship and distress) is not something we desire to feel, we will have periods in our life when it will occur.
-There are benefits to not getting the job you may want.
-There are benefits to failing.
-There are benefits to sadness or loneliness.
There are benefits to your suffering.
1st Peter in its entirety, speaks about different forms of suffering we will experience throughout our lives. Chapter 5 reassure us:
“ 6Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
This alone tells us to accept the difficulties that God has placed in your life, and be thankful that he has chosen you to be worked on. In due time, he will exalt you. This means that you suffering will only last a little while. Suffering is in a Christian’s life to give them a testimony; something to share. When God brings you out of darkness, he wants you to know without a doubt, that it was him and no one else.
The eighth verse tells us to be aware (sober) and confident even while you are in a state of suffering because the enemy is only waiting for the opportunity to see you weak, consume you, or bring your spirits down deeper. The scripture goes on to say,” Resist him (the devil), steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. “
Although you may feel like you are experiencing this alone, your neighbor who looks like they have it all together, has been through the same thing. We have to learn to thank God even with tears in our eyes and when we don’t know what the outcome will be.
Throughout your life, you will be talked about, misunderstood, cheated and rejected. But this, according to the Bible will only last a little while. I encourage you to hold on to the profession of your faith and have the power to say, Hallelujah! Even before you receive your blessing.
“10 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. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Before chapter 10, there was a list of things throughout the previous chapters that you may experience while you’re in a state of suffering. The inclusion of the word “but” in chapter 10 indicates that there is a shift to occur. “But the God of all grace…” meaning, he will give you all the grace and power you need to make you through. He has also called US to his eternal glory and it starts on this side in our spirits. He called us to experiencing certain blessings, but only can you receive them after you’ve suffered. There’s a limit to your pain.
There are some benefits to your suffering.
Don’t give up and quit because when you make it through, you’ll be better than you were before! You have to learn what God wants to teach you through your suffering.
When you come out of suffering, God will:
- Perfect you // To restore and repair you and to complete you thoroughly
- Establish you // To get you positioned in the right direction and firm in your faith
- Strengthen you // Strong righteous thinking and emotions
- Settle you // To be stabled
Embrace your journey and know that throughout it God is only developing you, all the while, he is walking with you and he will never leave you.