Bible Study: How Suffering Leads to Glory
Written by Christi Given | September 3, 2017
Sometimes in life we suffer for unknown reasons and we are challenged in our faith. God’s Word speaks a lot about suffering with Christ and reigning with Christ. We learn that patience, which means “long suffering,” actually produces good character in us. Do you despise suffering or do you see that it helps shape you to become more Christlike?
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us… (2 Timothy 2:12)
You may be asking, “Why would God allow suffering or want me to suffer?” Of course God doesn’t want us to suffer, but it is an inevitable part of life that we will undergo trials and tribulations. The suffering that takes place in our life produces good fruit if we let it, just like Joseph in the Bible who was tested before he was promoted (Psalm 105:19). Some suffering is unfair and isn’t paid back on this earth, such as poverty, injustice and so forth, but God shows us in different ways how we can be thankful for what we have in the midst of our pain.
Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character. (Psalm 105:19)
God always is on time, and His grace is sufficient and is enough in our weak moments and seasons. Remember when you are in a season of suffering that you are not alone, God sees you and Jesus the Messiah even suffered greatly before He rose again into His glory. Suffering doesn’t feel good at the time—just like when we exercise our muscles, it is painful—but in the end, there is a result or lesson through the trial.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Are you going through a trial or tribulation, or do you have something you feel seems unfair or you are waiting in pain for it to change? I suggest for you to cling to God in His Word, pray to Him, worship Him and bless God at all times regardless of circumstances or emotions. Don’t let anyone or anything steal your joy, peace or your faith.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)
We know that even in our sufferings and trials on this earth, the Bible says that the eternal glory will far outweigh any type of pain here on earth. Christ is the rock we build our foundation on, and we know that if we build our trust in Him, anything that tries to move our life won’t because our salvation is secure in Jesus.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal GLORY that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17)
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