Why Am I Suffering?
Posted: Thursday, October 22
2 Timothy 1:1-18
Verse of the day:
That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. (2 Timothy 1:12)
We don’t suffer much in our culture. In fact, most of our time is spent insulating ourselves from pain and suffering. Therefore, when painful moments arise, we are tempted to question things like our righteousness or God’s integrity. But when Christ followers are broken, vulnerable, and appropriately transparent, there arises a unique opportunity for God’s love and power to be felt and seen by the sufferer, the church, and even those seeking Him.
Have you suffered loss? I’m sure you have. I certainly have. And although I don’t pursue pain nor wish it upon anyone else, I would not change that part of my life for anything. You see, suffering is a part of the path to Christ-likeness. Consider some of what it does:
1. Fellowship: Have you noticed how people who have suffered similar losses find and help each other? Often, great friendships are born out of shared pain. I think this is what the Apostle Paul meant when he said he wanted to share in the “fellowship of [Jesus’] suffering.” Paul desired a deep intimacy with Jesus Christ.
2. Growth: Just like our physical muscles, we grow stronger when we endure seasons of resistance. Maybe it’s hard to see the “why” in this moment of your life, but by faith, you can thank God today for the person you are becoming tomorrow. God’s got big plans for you!