2 Corinthians 12:8-10, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Suffering can leave you feeling isolated. During trials and suffering, we often think that no one understands and
that God is unable to help. It is in these moments that we have a great need for God’s grace. Why would that be significant? God’s grace is not something unattainable, it comes through the person and work of Christ, as it is our union with Christ which brings us near to God and to His abundant grace that will help in our time of need. And this is where the sufferer finds hope.
Paul Tripp says:
““Here is the comfort for every sufferer: hope is a person, and his name is Jesus. Life is a person called Emmanuel. God entered your life by grace and by grace makes you the place where he dwells. So he goes wherever you go; he’s there with you in whatever you’re facing, and he lovingly provides you with everything you need. You don’t have to search for him; you don’t have to wonder if or when he will come; you don’t have to earn his presence. His presence with you has been purchased by his own blood. In your suffering he gives you the best of gifts, the gift of himself. To be in him and he in you is infinitely better than having an easy, predictable, trouble-free life. And if hardship has been the tool that forges in you unbreakable trust of him, then your hardship hasn’t been for naught.””
Therefore, suffering is often a grace from God to bring us closer to Him. Through trials, God sanctifies His people and makes us more like Christ. When this happens, the trial has not been wasted but is a grace from God to bring about holiness and dependence in His people. And ultimately, as Tripp says; ““When you fear God, the equation is not you compared to the size of your trial, but your God compared to it.”“