As far as I know there is suffering within everyone's lives. We can look around and see people who we think have it great, but they still have pain at some point that they face. They walk valleys just like us. I bet they even ask the age old question, "Why me."
As followers of Christ, we have choices just like the non-believer. When we face trials we can blame God and cut ourselves off from him. Many choose this route. They may turn their backs for a while or a lifetime.
We can have a pity-party and cry a river of tears. We can shout to the world that God's love isn't big enough because if God loved us he would never allow 'this' to happen.
Something that I have come to realize is that suffering is an attitude. There is no doubt that the pain of suffering hurts. Whether we find ourselves in physical pain or emotional pain, it hurts. Pain is distressing. There can be moments of agony when we might think that God seems so unfair and that there is no possible help or answer.
Temporary relief may seem adequate, but the real solution to suffering is not to isolate it in an attempt to do away with it, or even to grit our teeth and endure it. The solution, rather, is to condition our attitudes so that we learn to triumph in and through suffering.
“My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Billy Graham has commented: “Nowhere does the Bible teach that Christians are exempt from the tribulations and natural disasters that come upon the world. Scripture does teach that the Christian can face tribulation, crisis, calamity, and personal suffering with a supernatural power that is not available to the person outside of Christ.”
I think we all too easily forget that we are created in the image of God. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27. We are loved. We are special. As Believers God's Word is being revealed to us so that we can face the suffering with grace. Christ suffered on the cross for me, for us. His example should be our lesson in how to endure trouble. Christ endured the cross!
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
We can choose to be bitter or better and since E comes before I in the alphabet I'm going to choose to find myself turning towards God in my suffering to be a better person through his Word; gaining comfort, strength, growth, and power from him.
We may suffer for a while or all our lives. We should not give up hope or engage in self-pity or find ourselves bitter. The end-result is what we all look forward to. Being with the Lord in heaven will put all things into perspective!
Then, we can ask God, "Why me?" Why did you love me so?
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