«Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God» (Hebrews 12:2).
ENDURING DIFFICULTIES, losing to win, sacrificing desires, or facing unexpected situations such as illness or death are some of the things to which we are exposed, and which undoubtedly bring with them a high dose of suffering.
Many people doubt God’s character based on the argument that a loving God would not allow human suffering. However, in His master plan on our behalf, suffering—which is the result of disobedience—can be what propels us to teach perfection in Christ Jesus.
In reality, suffering is inevitable; but what matters is our attitude when we face suffering and the circumstances that generate it. Every mature Christian woman recognizes that accepting Gods plan for our lives and moving to carry it out quite often entails suffering.
In a society whose main aspirations ate pleasure and avoiding pain, whats the purpose or suffering in the Christian’s life? What does suffering provide that no other circumstance can? Its first contribution is the fact that it opens our eyes to our need for God. Suffering puts us in a position of vulnerability, which leads us to seek support and sustenance in Christ, recognizing that by ourselves we are helpless.
Although it may seem like a paradox, meaningful suffering can become a source of joy, because in the end, we see that it leads to a spiritual maturity that would not have been possible without said pain. Its in the midst of adversity that we realize our limitations and begin to have compassion toward those who suffer.
To fulfill God’s plans for your life, take advantage of God’s gifts and put them to work, even if that may entail a dose of suffering. This year will bring challenges for you that will push you to make decisions and to act, and you may have to suffer as well. However, God’s promise is eternal, and He assures us: «Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine» (Isaiah 43: l).
Live today with the certainty that God cares, and propel yourself toward what’s ahead with the attitude of a woman who has put her life in the care the Eternal One.