The matter of suffering is questionable at best.
Takes way too long.
Is often quite miserable.
So why does a good God allow us to suffer?
The answer may be more than one but the process of finding out is part of the answer.
No one understands suffering more than God.
Maybe God knew how much more horrible it would be for us to suffer completely had he not come up with the grandest solution.
Jesus suffered everything; all, the entire human race’s sin, vileness, evil.
What we go through is most likely minor, minute in comparison.
Maybe we suffer to carry other’s burdens.
Maybe we have pain in our bodies that is relieving someone else’s pain who is going through much more than we are.
Maybe God wants us to learn the intimacy of suffering with the Savior. Why?
It is our birthright in Christ. We come into this world sinners only saved by grace and that grace is sufficient for our sorrows and distress. Yet through that grace we become new creatures in Christ. And since we become new creatures we will experience some of all he has experienced.
You might say, “Some things are not to be shared.” While that may be true from our fleshly standpoint, in Christ God wants to share everything with us.
Don’t start yelling that this is an admission of pain. No, it is the focus of walking through the deep waters with Jesus. It is learning the ability to take steps with him as he navigates the deep and dark by hearing, listening and heeding his voice to victory.
It is a closeness to his “Spirit” that strengthens our spirit in the midst of whatever we are going through.
When we reach the plateau of understanding God’s allowing us to suffer is for his purposes, his kingdom and glory, your faith has grown to a new height. This new level produces a “bigger picture” of what God is doing which in many respects may be equating his character with ours.
The eventual result is God perfecting his union with us.
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