In this world, you will have to suffer. You will have to endure day in and day out. This is the truth, that no Christian can escape. The struggles that you face, the hardships you go through, and the pains that you must bear, are incredibly difficult. But the Lord has a purpose and a reason for each and every one.
He has a plan for you. So He must mold, shape, and craft you into His image through suffering. Making you useful for His purposes. As well as directing you in His path.
Your effectiveness would not be even close as great if He had not sent you through the valley of pain and suffering. Many times what you go through seems unbearable, but it is most necessary. Also, the Word of God says, it is “light and momentary”, and “this too will pass”. For that is what it is light and momentary, then it is no more.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Praise God for the pain that has passed away and will not be remembered again. The Lord will carry you through it all. He will teach, instruct, and do great things within you because of it.
But, remember there is in store for you such glory, such wonder. You can’t even imagine the things He is preparing. They will be magnificent and awesome. Every step of endurance, every act of obedience, and every faithful deed of goodness and kindness that you have done to the ‘least of these.’ You are building up a reward that far outweighs all the riches and pleasures of this world in a single moment in heaven.
So seek Him with everything thing that is within you. Trust Him with every ounce of your strength. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you every step of the way, and for everything you need. The Lord already knows all that you need. For God’s will, God’s plan, and God’s timing is perfect. Everything He does is perfection. So have no fear and put away all worries. Simply trust and obey Him. He will do the rest.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:18-27