Lord we thank you because we boast in the hope of the glory of God. We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character and character produces hope.
Sometimes the only way around suffering is to go straight through it. That which should distinguish the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful, all loving God. There is always a purpose to suffering. If faced rightly it can drive us deep into the heart and love of God. It also purifies us, transforms our souls and leads us into more stability and spiritual power.
Besides drawing us closer to God, our suffering has meaning in God’s eternal plan. He allows into our life only that which is for his glory and our good. God is sovereign, and he is a God of love, mercy and compassion even in the midst of suffering. That is just who he is.
The word of God,
The sword of the spirit