Can any good come from our suffering?
by Glen Jackman | Posted May 7th at 12:53pm
Can any good come from our suffering? A tough question during this long-endured pandemic. Apostle Paul knew about suffering, and he eventually lost his life for the gospel. Can we apply his courage in Christ’s Spirit, to this calamity that we are all in? Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
Sometimes we suffer while facing the consequences of our own sin or foolishness. I know – I’m suffering from skin damage from exposure to the sun – having travelled in the summer months to Italy, Greece, Cuba, Mexico, California, etc. on photographic architecture and ruin excursions.
At other times, suffering occurs because of events outside our control like Covid-19 lockdowns and illness of a most serious nature. Regardless of the reasons behind it, our faith is tested now as we all are suffering either physically, emotionally or psychologically in this pandemic. During the hard times, our character is stretched to the point of snapping. Yet will we, united in Christ with the help of his Spirit, “rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us— if they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character. Romans 5:3-4
With Covid-19, being analytical, I’ve tried to endure by dominating the situation, but I now realize that I must be as wise as possible and accommodate this for a time, as difficult as this is for all of us. As we rest in the assurance of salvation in Christ, may God give you the strength and wisdom to endure this and exercise safety practices.