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SUFFERING



Oh how we try to avoid it.


We measure. We plan. We prevent. We avoid. We run.


Yet suffering, comes anyway.


If we had the power to vanquish sin, death and suffering - we would.

We'd perfect ourselves, others and our circumstances and sit there proud of the easy lives we've made.




James 1:2-4


My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.


The Bible states that suffering is necessary for the sanctification of the saint.

I know none of you want to believe that (including me) - but it's true.


We think that suffering makes our lives worse, which temporarily I guess it does, or feels that way for sure. We falsely believe that an easy life without trials, pain or grief is what makes us complete/perfect.


This passage in James says the opposite. It say's that we must let the testing of the trials run it's course. Because the testing produces patience. In some other translations patience can be described as endurance or perseverance.


This trial-tested patience leaves our faith perfected and completed. Without trials our faith is merely a surface level belief system.

It's when we enter suffering that our faith is perfected, refined like gold to reveal a strong and sure faith.


Job 23:10


But He knows the way that I take,

When He has tested me.

I shall come forth as gold.


During my miscarriage as I was sitting alone in the A&E waiting room (COVID restrictions), my husband sent me this verse. And through the 5 days of pain and bleeding, I kept remembering this verse. God knew the way/the path I was on. He also saw that my faith as fragile as it felt at times, was being strengthened and polished like gold being refined.


You may be struggling with these things I'm saying here, you may have questions such as these. I'll try and answer the best that I can, although I know my precious sister, that sometimes the answers we get are never going to feel like enough.... Remember, His Grace is sufficient for us in the unknown.


Do you believe that God made you miscarry?


No I do not. I believe that we're in a fallen world, where things don't go according to plan and life is snatched by the enemy. We may never get to hold the babies that we've lost here but we can rest in the hope that our babies lives are now held in God's safe hands.


Do you believe still that God is Sovereign, if so why didn't He stop your miscarriage?


Yes, I believe God is Sovereign, I believe God is all-seeing and all-knowing. He knew that this was going to happen. He is powerful to stop a miscarriage from happening, and we prayed so during it. But, God, in His Wisdom, decided that this was the path we were to take.


Do you still believe God is good and loves us even though He lets us suffer?


Yes, I believe God is good. He loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die to redeem us from our sin (John 3:16.) In this world, we will have trouble and suffering, but we can be hopeful because Jesus has overcome the world. (John 16:33.) One day there will be no more pain or suffering. There will be an end to the suffering we face when we go to be with Jesus for an eternity of peace and joy in His presence. This is the hope for the believer. He will wipe every tear from our eyes and there will be no more crying (Revelation 21:4)


Do you have hope for the future?


Absolutely. God has good plans for our future. (Jeremiah 29:11) With God, the worst thing is never the last thing, just look at how God redeemed Job's life. We have a God of mercy and comfort. He is always interceding for us and working all things for our good (Romans 8:28.) In every hardship, Jesus wants to hold your hand and help you through it. You are not walking alone.


Psalm 46:1


God is our Refuge and Strength, a Very Present Help in trouble.


Let us have the right perspective friends....


God is BIGGER than our suffering. And He's weaving the good and the bad into a beautiful tapestry. The finished piece will be glorious.








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