“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;” 1 Peter 4: 12 (NIV)
Is there anyone who is born that does not encounter some form of suffering during his or her lifetime? It is very unlikely, whether it be sickness, a close family member passing or an ongoing need not being met. Christ understands our suffering, for He was a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief. (Isaiah 53:3). He also was victorious over His sufferings, giving us the hope in knowing that we too can win the battles placed before us.
The Sovereignty of God is difficult for many of us to understand. After all, why would He allow suffering to come upon His own children? In the original garden, life was much more different. Due to sin, disorder and chaos has entered our world with the byproduct being that of suffering. Romans says, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”
Regardless of our suffering, Jesus has promised that in this world, you will have trouble, but to take heart, for He has overcome the world! We can stand on that promise, knowing full well that our Heavenly Father will not permit anything to come our way in which we cannot bear. So let’s remain diligent in what He has called us to do and remember, that He will see us through!
Additional References: John 16, Romans 8, 1 Corinthians 10
By Jane E. Morin
About the Author
Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!