Read: Romans 5:1-5

Nobody likes to go through suffering. It is a painful experience causing hurt to the mind, body, and soul. Paul gloried in his tribulations. His list of suffering was endless which included hunger, thirst, beatings, neglect from fellow believers, darkness, physical abuse for spreading the gospel, fear from robbers, Gentiles, etc. (2 Cor. 11:23-29). The disciples of Jesus had to endure persecution after Jesus’ death. Their suffering helped them to develop the character of Christ. People recognised them to be with Jesus due to their reformed attitude (Acts 4:13).

Moses was raised in the Pharaoh’s palace, enjoying the luxuries of the palace (Exod. 2:10). Before he knew Yahweh God, he killed an Egyptian (Exod. 2:12). God educated Moses in the wilderness for 40 years, where he was a shepherd (Acts 7:30; Exod. 3:1). Later God chose him for a major task of rescuing the Israelites from Egyptian soil. The trials and training trained him to be a man of character and to lead the people of Israel through the wilderness.

The Bible says, “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4). If God wants to use you for a higher cause, there will be trials and suffering. Through the suffering, you will be able to lean on the everlasting arms of Jesus and know that He alone is in control (Deut. 33:27).

Only Christ’s grace is sufficient for us, His strength is revealed to us in times of our suffering (2 Cor. 12:9). He will give us the strength to face the difficult season in life and overcome it. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13). Let us be assured like David that “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him” (Ps. 28:7).

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