Romans 8:18 (NKJV) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Jeremiah 32:42 (NKJV) “For thus says the LORD: ‘Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them.
Job 1:21 (NKJV) And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Sorrow/suffering is our curse of sin. We disobeyed and live under the curse of God. Yet He takes that very curse to fulfill His purpose: If we don’t know Him, we suffer because it’s His mercy to draw us to know Him. If we are His, then we suffer to be made more like Him. This answer is why most perceive a cruel God and choose to never follow Him. However, they’ll never understand His vast love for us that works to keep us from staying in the sin that would eternally separate us from Him! What will be your response to suffering?
I love what I learned from Bible Study Fellowship: “Intimacy with God is lost by sin, but it’s regained through suffering.”
Revelation 21:4 (NKJV) “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Genesis 50:20 (NIV) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Romans 5:20 (NKJV) Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more