If Jesus Christ is worthy of my faith, why is He allowing me to suffer?

Jesus was right on target when He said, “In this world you will have tribulation.” And yet, even though Jesus predicted suffering as the norm for our life, many Christians are shaken to their foundation when they actually experience it.

Nothing causes Christians to doubt the goodness and/or reality of God any more than suffering. “If God is good, then why is there suffering? If God is great, then why doesn’t He remove all suffering?”

Many in the first-century church were asking those same questions. The Hebrew Christians, to whom the letter of Hebrews was addressed, were considering renouncing their Christian faith because of the suffering they were experiencing.

God allowed Jesus to suffer so that He might identify with our suffering. But you may be asking, “Why must I suffer?” For exactly the same reason! Hebrews 4:11 tells us that Christ and His people are one with God. 

God’s plan for our lives is the same as it was for His own son. God allows suffering in our life so that we too might…

1. Identify with the sufferings of others. 

You will never really understand what your life is all about, until you understand that as a Christian, God has called you to be a minister -- a priest, His representative -- to other people. 1 Peter 2:9 says that “we are a royal priesthood.”

As part of our ministerial training, we go through the “school of hard knocks.” One reason God allows you to experience suffering is so that later on you might encourage other people who are experiencing similar problems. It is difficult to impart to others what you have not experienced yourself (2 Corinthians 1:4).

2. Satisfy the plan of God for our lives. 

Christ’s suffering allowed Him to fulfill God’s plan for His life. Our suffering allows us to perfect and complete God’s plan for our life. The plan is that we become shaped, molded, and conformed to look just like Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29).

Specifically, that we learn how to trust God, that we learn how to endure mistreatment without fighting back, that we learn how to love unselfishly, that we learn how to resist temptation, that we learn how to put God’s agenda ahead of our own.

How does God teach us those truths? Through suffering!

• Can you learn how to endure mistreatment without experiencing it? 
• Can you learn how to love unselfishly without expressing love that is not returned? 
• Can you learn how to resist temptation without being tempted? 
• Can you learn how to trust God without experiencing tremendous challenges to your faith, like illness or the death of a loved one?

God uses suffering to bring you to completion and perfection.

3. Nullify your fear of death. 

It was through His suffering, that Jesus forever destroyed the power of death over us. I think it is through our suffering that the fear of death vanishes. Live long enough, experience enough heartache, and there will come a time when you won’t fear death.

I often mention my own grandfather. No one loved life more than he did. Yet, in the latter years of his life when I would go to visit him, he would say, “Robert, when I am gone, don’t grieve for me. The best thing that could happen to me would be for me to shut my eyes and wake up in heaven.”

Suffering has a way of changing our perspective, of reminding us this world is not our home. We’re only passing through (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

The writer of Hebrews tells us that it is through Christ’s suffering that God was able to complete His plan for His Son -- a plan that was designed to make Him the Author and Leader of our salvation. In the same way, God uses suffering in your life to complete you, to mature you, to help you fulfill your purpose in life, and to give you have hope. As Martin Luther once said: “Until a person experiences suffering, he cannot know what it means to hope.”

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