Philippians 1:29 “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake…“
Suffering can come like a storm, overwhelming us with the darkness of despair and the sinking feeling of a journey traveled alone. While the world looks for a glimpse of fleeting hope and the empty promises of worldly happiness, Jesus gives believers a living hope and an indescribable joy.
And this hope is secured in Christ’s resurrection, and not as an idea of wishful thinking. It is based on reality in the historical fact that Christ rose from the dead and in the promise that we too will rise from the dead. So no matter our circumstances, we can rejoice in His providential care.
Therefore, we need to look at our trials as the opportunity to learn how we can put our confidence in the Lord. Perhaps then we will realise that we can endure suffering because our delight is in what God has done for us. And perhaps then, we will also rest in the knowledge that God uses suffering for our ultimate good and His purposes.
Because ultimately, “in the heart of suffering, we can find a living hope and indescribable joy in the person of Jesus Christ.” (Kenneth Boa & Jenny Abel)