Dealing With Difficulties ‘Suffering’


If we look at a dictionary for the meaning of the word suffering: That meaning sounds quite tame: eg, To feel bad or unpleasant.

We are all suffering the consequences of a fallen world, but for all of us, who have accepted Christ Jesus, as Our Lord, Our redeemer Our Friend, and Our All-Sufficiency, we have a way to overcome.

People are only too willing to judge, eg; that person over there, must have done something bad, because look at what they are going through. People equate suffering as some kind of judgement.

If we look at Psalm 119 verse 71:{Using The Message Bible];

“My trouble turned out al for the best–they forced me to learn from God’s textbook”.

So we can see suffering can bring out the best in us.

In john 9 verses 1 to 3; {Message Bible];

“Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth> His disciples asked, ‘Rabbi, who sinned this man or his parents, causing Him to be born blind’?”

“Jesus said, ‘You’re asking the wrong question. you’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. look instead for what god can do’.”

Romans 8 verse 22 to 24; {Message Bible};

“All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. we are enlarged in the waiting.

It is a difficult thing to understand but suffering can be good for us and Acts 14 verse 19 and 20: The crowd had just beaten Paul unconscious, dragged Paul outside of town and left him for dead  The disciple gathered around him, Paul came to and got up,

You would have thought that was enough suffering for anyone, but what did Paul do? He went back in the town and the next day left for Derbe. Paul and Barnabas went on a missions trip to evangelize Derbe.

There Paul gives a great message, and establishes a strong core of disciples. Then Paul tells them, something I am sure they enjoyed hearing: Verse 22:

“Anyone signing up for the Kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times”.

Hard times as His followers is apart of our walk, But Our Lord and Our Friends commitment to us is Hebrews 5 and 6: {Message Bible}:

“Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have, Since God assured us, ‘I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,’ we can boldly quote,  God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what, Who or what can get to me?”

No matter what any of us go through, the word is through, we are never meant to stay, and remember Our Lord and Our friend has stated “He will never let us down”.

God Bless.

O.F J,

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