31 Days: Look for Growth

Sometimes it’s excruciating to get on the same page with God. There are particular areas of life in which many of us just cannot wrap our heads around His divine perspective. Suffering, for example.

God seems okay with suffering. In fact, He tells us (over and over) to rejoice in our pain and trials (Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-4; I Peter 4:12-13)! Rejoice. Don’t just grit your teeth and bear it; be joyful through it.

Honestly now, we don’t like that very much. But let’s look at why God teaches us that suffering is good.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

In James 1, He tells us that trials are tests of our faith that contribute to our sanctification, our becoming more like Christ.

None of this knowledge takes away the pain. None of it means you can’t be sad or hurt or feel the weight of tragedy. It means there is always incredible hope in suffering because it is a vital part of growth. When life is difficult, look for the growth. Be willing to grow. Pray that you could be joyful about the fact that God is working in you. The fruit will come in His time. I’ve seen it repeatedly in my own life. His Word will prove true.