Have you ever wondered, Why did God let me suffer that injury? How can a God who loves me allow me to experience pain and suffering? When bad things happen, we want answers. We live in a world that is marred by sin, so difficulties and disappointments are bound to cross our path.
Nevertheless, if you ask God for discernment , you can begin to understand why He allowed something to occur. You can also discover how God can redeem the situation and bring benefits to your life as a result of suffering. See I Corinthians and Romans — However, if you choose to trust God to bring about His purposes through the suffering , you can avoid the trap of bitterness and grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
As you seek to discern the benefits of your suffering, it is important to ask six general questions:. Jesus suffered much. He was ridiculed, betrayed, beaten, humiliated, abandoned, and falsely accused. Do you think Jesus was ever tempted to be bitter toward those who caused His suffering? Of course He was. How, then, can we face temptation without sinning? Jesus showed us the right way to respond to suffering. In your hard circumstance or tragedy or heartbreaking disappointment, you can learn to respond as Jesus did.
Through your suffering, you can understand more about your Savior. God hates pride. See Proverbs — Therefore, when you suffer you should look for ways to learn humility. Do you know why God let the children of Israel wander in the wilderness for forty years?
As the Lord gives you grace to respond to each circumstance like Jesus would respond, you will develop Godly character. The Bible tells us that even the Son of God learned obedience through what He suffered. See Hebrews Carefully review the list of character qualities as you ask yourself, Which ones could be developed in my life as I respond correctly to this circumstance? Have you disobeyed your heavenly Father? Because God loves you, He will chasten you as a Father chastens a son. If the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin, repent. The life of Joseph provides an excellent example of suffering that thoroughly prepared a man to fulfill his destiny to be a great leader.
For example, when Joseph served Potiphar, he learned to be a manager; when Joseph was betrayed and abused, he learned firsthand the value of justice and mercy. Is God allowing your suffering to prepare you for leadership? If your employer makes foolish decisions, you will probably suffer too. For example, at one point in time, Israel experienced severe famine for three years.
When King David finally asked God why He had let this famine i. When King David brought restitution to those who had suffered injustice at the hand of King Saul, God ended the famine. See II Samuel — That choice is yours. To avoid the trap of bitterness, compile a list of benefits that God wants to bring about through your suffering.
Using the questions above and the list of character qualities as tools, ask God to show you ways that He wants to redeem your suffering. Often the benefits you discern will motivate you to respond to your suffering with joy and peace as you trust God to fulfill His purpose for your pain. Jesus Christ Himself endured the suffering of the cross for the joy of the rewards that were to come through His obedience and sacrifice.
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Jesus commanded us to love one another. See John , But I heard someone saying "What just happened? The situation was like this: One guy hits the another and the guy who is hit, he faints. Then the fainted guy regains consciousness and says, "What just happened? Modals and auxiliaries just invert with the subject: I was knocked out. Was I knocked out?
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And when the subject is the question word, there is no inversion: Someone knocked me out. Who knocked me out? Something happened. What happened? He used something to hit me. What did he use to hit me? He hit me with something. I will share all the tracts with everyone that crosses my path. Let's continue to plant those seeds of salvation by His grace.
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This is a good question to ask whenever some kind of trouble enters your life. God wants four things for you in these trials. Life is short, Death is sure; Sin the cause, Christ the cure. Then they take the tract and begin reading it. Thank you for publishing these wonderful tracts!
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