Dealing With Suffering

Suffering often strikes us at the most unexpected hour and – for some people – it’s a constant companion. In times of pain and difficulty, we’re prone to doubt two things: that God is in control and that He cares for us. We wonder: how can i trust God? It seems too hard when i’m in the middle of a crisis

The apostle Peter offers some counsel. First of all, he tells us to humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6). God is God and we are not. He has a higher purpose, a clearer perspective, and better timing for all things. It is vital that we submit ourselves to His control and His care, giving all our worries to God for He cares about us (1 Peter 5:7)

Secondly, we need to resist the devil (1 Peter 5:8-9). During trials, we’re especially vulnerable to the enemy of our souls. He’ll try to make us doubt God’s goodness, accuse our conscience,  and cause us to believe that our suffering is unique only to us. The Bible however tells us that, “the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” (1 Peter 5:9)

Finally, we need to hold on to God’s promises (1 Peter 5:10-11). God intends for us to share in His eternal glory. One day He will “restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish” us (1 Peter 5:10). The God of all grace is powerful! He can and will do it!


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