“She has the patience of Job.” It seems that most people have heard of Job. That may be because he suffered so greatly. One day, in the span of a few hours, his children died and he lost all his wealth, everything he had.
I can still remember, as a new Christian, believing that being a Christian would surely one day mean a problem-free life. As I was reading the New Testament, I came across these words of Jesus: “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33).
Jesus said it: you and I will suffer. It’s a fact of life. We live in a sinful world of aging bodies, homes that are destroyed, faltering relationships, and fortunes that can be lost. But be assured that trials are not punishments.
God loves you and allows trials to help you grow spiritually. He offers sufficient grace for every situation. And the journey through trials grows your patience, endurance, and empathy. Yes, Jesus said we would experience suffering, but He did not leave us without hope. The second half of John 16:33 says, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Lord, the idea of suffering makes me very uncomfortable. But Lord, I know that You are working in me to accomplish spiritual growth. And You have promised to take care of me. I am looking to You for encouragement because You have overcome. Amen.
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“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)