Written By Edison Paranjothi Yanok, Malaysia
Why does God allow sufferings in our lives? Most of us may wonder about this, but few of us really understand why God works in such a way.
I believe God uses sufferings to train and develop us. In a sense, sufferings are the staircase in our lives that leads up to the main hall—which is Christlikeness. They are meant to prove the genuineness of our faith in God, and not to discourage us.
Someone said, “Trials will have us either draw closer to the Lord or move away.” King Ahaz turns away from God because of the defeat he faced (2 Chronicles 28:22-23), but Job developed a deeper trust in God’s sovereignty through the pain (Job 24:1-6).
Today, let us learn to fix our eyes on Jesus who experienced sufferings just like us, yet overcame them. Let us remember that He is carrying us with His loving and caring hands through the storm. He wants us to learn more about Him during our trying times and to become more and more like Him. Let us look to Jesus not only when we are suffering, but also in every moment of every day!
1 Peter 1:6-7 (ESV)
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”