Devotion: Why Do We Suffer?

“When life hurts and our dreams fade, we may express our anguish in different ways, but each one of us knows the sting of pain and heartache, disease and disaster, trials and sufferings.” (Hope Again, p. 11)

Often times, we can ask ourselves, our friends, or our Pastor one question: “Why is this happening? What is the purpose?”

As I rest today, I find myself looking at my graduation tassels from 10-12 years ago. Don’t mind me, but I find myself asking those very same questions that I listed above. Just as some might not see the reason for their suffering, I can’t see the reason behind my college education. I don’t question my suffering, often, because I have this blog ministry. But, I do find myself asking those questions about college.

But just like our suffering, I can’t see the full picture. I don’t know why the Lord led me down the college road – to only to be unemployed and chronically ill. And even though we can see what someone else is doing, we cannot know what our Mighty God is doing. So, we have to keep trusting Him.

The truth is: We all have our own ways of experiencing suffering. In the book of Ecclesiastes, I am reminded of what was said:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

Ecc. 3:1, New International Version

Every one of our sufferings are important and matter. Our way of suffering likely differ, but our cries from it still matter. It matters, because you matter! Even though we suffer differently, we all need the same hope – which we can find in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The Gospel presented to us through the New Testament, gives us a much greater hope than anything this world could ever offer us. We need eternal hope!

Let me leave you with two Scriptures, and we will pick back up on Friday.

But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Psalm 9:18

All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he [Jesus Christ] is pure.

1 John 3:3

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