Romans 8:18, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Often times suffering does not make sense. When trials come our way, whether it is job loss, sudden illness, the death of a loved one, or whatever else we may be facing, we don’t only experience a physical battle but also a spiritual one. When these times of suffering come, it is truly important for Christians to remember who God is, that He is sovereign over all things, and that He will not forsake His people.
And so we must avoid the dangers of fear, envy, doubt, denial, and discouragement. We do so when we as Christians find comfort in God’s grace, presence, sovereignty, purpose, and people. Ultimately, the gospel brings hope to the weary heart, especially when we suffer!
Suffering is real. We are guaranteed to be touched by suffering in our own lives or in the lives of those that we love. Thankfully, we have God’s Word to point us to Christ! God’s Word also guides us as we walk through pain and suffering. Yet, suffering is never minimized in the Bible. Because the moment your theology tells you that God is not good, it’s very hard to hold on to the truths that declares He is.
Suffering is not only difficult because of the thing that we are suffering from, but also because we often lose something else that we have been trusting in or finding our identity in. In this way, suffering also reveals what is
truly in our hearts, as the idols of comfort or security will be exposed during our suffering. Therefore, when suffering comes, and when a lot of what we have been trusting in is stripped away, it is important that we cling to Christ and find Him as our only source for hope.