Everything that God permits in the life of the believer can be used to glorify God. Romans 8:28 “we know that all thinks work together for good to them that love God.” If we be patient and endure the trials of our faith, we will discover the grace and glory of God. God permitted Joseph to suffer slavery at the hands of his own brothers. Joseph believed in his heart that God had brought him to Egypt with a divine purpose, Gen.45:8. God can turn anything around for his glory.
Sometimes we suffer because God is revealing his purpose through the discipline of suffering. If we receive the discipline of the Lord, it will cause us to grow in strength and understanding. Jesus was asked who sinned in the case of a man who was blind. Jesus told them that no one had sinned but God had permitted this blindness that “the works of God should be manifest in him”, John 9:3. God would heal this man’s blindness that all men might see and know the glory of God.
Job’s loyalty to God was tested. Job’s faith was refined through suffering the lost of everything he was yet faithful to God, Job 13:15. Job knew that in God’s own time his change would come. He was determined to wait on the Lord no matter what. To be loyal unto God in the midst of great afflictions is to know the fruit of patience.
The measure of good which is to be reached through suffering is more than worth the suffering involved. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before him, Heb.12:2. “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning,” Ps. 30:5. The trial of your faith is a precious thing because if we remain faithful to God we will know his praise, honor and glory, 1 Peter 1:7.
The willingness of men to suffer together remains the indispensable condition of being glorified together. “If we suffer in Christ we know that we will be glorified together in Christ,” Rom. 8:17-18. Just has God has raised Jesus from the dead, he is able to deliver us from whatever we face, “For after that ye have suffered a while, the grace of God and the eternal glory of Jesus will make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you,” 1 Peter 5:10. As we partake of the suffering of our Lord Jesus, we know that we have his comfort, consolation and salvation, 2 Cor.1:3-7.
Our focus should always be on the one who is with us and in us, not on our circumstance. Mark 4:35-41 we find Jesus and the disciples in the midst of a great storm of wind, and the waves of the sea beating upon the ship. The ship was now full of water. All of the disciples feared for their lives. Their eyes were on the circumstance; because of this, there heart’s was full of fear. It can be very hard to know that Jesus is near, when we lose our focus. Once the disciples began to focus on Jesus, they called upon his name, he arose, and the wind and the sea obeyed his command, “Peace, be still.”
Fear is a paralyzing emotion that triggers negative thought. Don’t let fear keep you from doing God’s will. Elijah feared for his life because Jezebel was determined to kill him, 1 Kings 19:1-3. Elijah prayed for God to take his life, v4. Through prayer God would strengthen Elijah and he would return with a new revelation and commission, 1 Kings 19:15-16. Prayer renewed his mind and empowered him to perform the will of God.
God has made the things we suffer to be an instrument of redeeming love. Paul suffered a condition that God had allowed so that Paul would not become lifted up in pride. Through his suffering his soul would be saved, 2 Cor. 12:7. The Lord would turn his hand against Israel so that Israel through the judgment of God would once again be called a faithful City, Isaiah 1:21-26.