The #1 Way To Triumph Over Your Suffering
We all go through times of suffering in our lives. These times are caused by a wide range of sources: different people, different events, different jobs, and whatever else you might be able to think of…
Most of us have probably walked through a season of suffering so difficult and exhausting that we were tempted to believe that things would never get better. When we’re facing pain, it can seem like that light at the end of the tunnel just keeps getting dimmer and further away. However, 1 Peter 5:10 proves that this way of thinking could not be further from the truth.
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.“
These words that Peter delivered to faithful followers of Christ gave them a broader, more eternal perspective by reminding them that their suffering was only going to last “a little while.” Now, there were some of Peter’s readers who would be strengthened and delivered in their own lifetimes, and others would be released from their suffering and pain through death.
The bottom line is this…ALL of God’s faithful followers are guaranteed eternal life, amen? That eternal life with Christ was promised to us when we surrendered our lives to Him, giving Him complete control and picking up our crosses to follow Jesus. Eternal life in Christ is the only time when we will be totally free from suffering.
So what does this mean for us now? As we each walk through life, day by day, we need to learn to suffer well. This means remembering that our suffering does not go unnoticed, and looking ahead expectantly to what God has for us. Intentionally doing these steps each day is crucial because if we stay in that suffering, if we wallow in that pain, then our vision for what God has for us will be blurred and we might miss it.
Let us learn as a body of believers to suffer well and support one another. The time of suffering is well worth it because He is there with us through it all.