John 18. Forum Discussion

Suffering. Learn from it

Life is full of adversity. There is nothing in the Bible that says that life is going to be easy. Jesus’ life wasn’t easy. So why do we expect that ours will be?

The Bible tells us repeatedly about the suffering that we can expect in this lifetime. God allows us to suffer, and this suffering helps shape us into the people that God created us to be.

Here are a few of the scriptures that talk about suffering:

2 Corinthians 4:17 - “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.”

Psalm 119:71 - “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.”

Romans 5:3-5 - And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Another thing to keep in mind when we are going through pain or difficulties,is that on earth God allows bad things to happen to good people, and good things to happen to bad people. The scripture that tells us this is Mathew 5:45:

For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

Think about the sun and the rain from the above scripture. Both are necessary for life, and both can destroy us too. When we are in a drought, we pray for rain. When we are in a flood, we pray for sunlight. If we have skin cancer, we hide from the sun, etc.

So God allows good things to happen to bad people and vice versa.

Suffering is something that God needs us to go through. Suffering allows us to self-reflect and focus on the priorities in life that really matter to us.

We will be better at navigating the difficulties we face in life if we keep our time on earth in perspective compared to eternity.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” - Romans 8:18-19:

God is telling us that whatever we are going through, no matter how difficult it may seem, that is nothing compared to how awesome Heaven will be.

Think about all that Jesus is going through in Chapter 18.

  1. He is aware of the painful death that He is about to experience.
  2. He is being arrested and beaten.
  3. The people that He has loved are turning against Him.
  4. Those that He preached to about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are now asking for Him to be crucified.

And through all of this, Jesus remains faithful to His father. He knows why He is here and what God wants Him to do, and He does it. Without fail, He does it. No matter how hard it is. No matter how painful doing what He knows is right will be.

Look at what Jesus says to Peter after Peter had cut off the ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave:

“Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?’

In other words, stop trying to interfere with God’s plan! Jesus knew what He was supposed to do, and He did it. It’s as simple as that.

So what about us? Are we really expected to be as strong as Jesus was when we deal with life’s struggles? Of course not, but we are expected to try.

God’s plan for us will take us to Heaven if we follow it.

That’s worth repeating.

God’s plan for us will take us to Heaven if we follow it.

Even when it’s hard.

Especially when it’s hard.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Who are we to question God’s plan for us? Our job is to follow His plan. Like Jesus, we need to drink the cup that God has prepared for us.

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John

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will do." God's word gives us a purpose and a map to follow. One filled with love, integrity, hope and all that is right. Thank you Heavenly Father for your word!

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mustang

To God be the glory!

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