Psalm 27:13-14, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.“
Suffering is never neutral. Meaning, we bring to our suffering our thoughts about God, sin, and trials. In other words, we bring presuppositions to the table about why we are suffering and where God is during our suffering. We must be aware of this because there will be a natural ﬂow from our hearts that will reveal our inner thoughts.
Tripp says; “Like a stream, your attitudes, choices, reactions, decisions, and responses to whatever you are facing ﬂow out of your heart. The heart is the center of your personhood… Suffering draws out the true thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, and desires of your heart.”
Suffering, therefore, reminds us that God is at the center of everything and we are not. Everything in creation is set in place to bring glory to Him, not so that we can build our own little kingdoms. Therefore, we are never passive sufferers, and the pain we experience is never just physical or emotional. Suffering is a deeply theological and spiritual experience!
Suffering tends to disrupt our beliefs. Yet, Scripture is not silent on suffering and can be a comfort to those who are suffering. The greatest encouragement from Scripture for the sufferer is our suffering Savior. Christ went through sufferings and trials and can sympathize with us as we walk through our own trials.