If we realize there are benefits to suffering, we will stop looking for others to blame for what we are going through and start asking God to teach us what He wants us to learn through trial.
Going back to my friend Job, In the middle of his suffering and condemnation of his friends, he speaks with confidence of God’s hand on him; “He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold” (Job 23:10).
David asked God to test him. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23–24). Notice the benefit of trial. It leads to a way that is eternal.
In all the suffering that Israel went through, she did not accept correction (Zephaniah 3:1-2). Solomon told his son; “whoever loves discipline loves knowledge” (Proverbs 3:11). The problem with this is that we become so distracted with the suffering that we fail to ask the right questions that will help us gain from the trials.
You may be going through a very hard time. I invite you to get alone with the Lord and ask Him to show you what He is teaching, submit to His grace and you will gain far more than you can imagine.
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