We cannot always fully understand the things we suffer because divine purpose is not always fully understood. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9. Out of all our sufferings we learn that there is safety in trusting God’s word to accomplish his will for our lives.
Trail and tribulation are the tempering of faith, the process in which ones faith is matured. Through the furnace of trial and tribulation the believer is transformed, matured and instructed in the righteousness of God by faith. Isaiah 48:10 “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction”. Even though our Lord being the Son of God, yet even he learned obedience by the things which he suffered, Heb. 5:8.
The measure of good gained through suffering is more than worth the suffering involved. Let us therefore offer up our sufferings to God in co-operation with him to achieve his glory and purpose. Phil 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and fellowship of his sufferings”, all things are working to a divine end worthy of sacrificing to get a greater good. In this way our sufferings are offer up to God has a sacrifice and testimony of love. The fellowship of his suffering is a communion in the body of Christ that is redemptive in power. We are made one through suffering together in the power of love.
The pain of suffering can be swallowed up in joy, when love transforms the suffering into sacrifice. No suffering is beyond God’s plan and purpose to redeem and use for his glory. If we partake in the fellowship of his sufferings, we will find the resources within the church as each member ministers one to another in meeting the responsibilities and challenges we face from day to day. We can see our Lord at work through the sufferings of the believer, which is ultimately the suffering of God in Christ transforming all that is evil into good.