There is a better way of looking at suffering and difficulties that are the result of discipline. God “disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness” (12:10). Of course suffering and discipline is painful! But going through times like this with the attitude that we want to gain from them will deepen our faith and perfect our ability to reflect His holiness. The gain is “the peaceful fruit of righteousness” if we are “trained by it” (12:11).
The next time you are going through suffering, ask the question; ‘what is God teaching me through this?’ As I lay in a hospital bed in a foreign country thousands of miles from home, the Lord was teaching me some valuable lessons I hope will never be forgotten.