1 Peter 5:10, “…after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.“
Peter reminds us that suffering is inescapable. Whether we experience it through loss, illness, sickness, death of a loved one, or even persecution, adversity is part of living in a fallen world. God, however, uses hardship to conform His people to Christ and grow our character.
Therefore, our response to suffering is far more important than the form suffering takes. God works through our suffering and prepares us for eternity.
It reminds me of the story of Christian in Pilgrims Progress, who shows us that we can view the Christian life as a crucible of adversity, and it is in this crucible that God’s grace transforms the lead of suffering into the gold of glory.
And given the universal nature of suffering, the question we need to focus on is not whether we’ll meet with it, but what we’re going to do with it. What does God want to do with our struggles?