I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
Do you ever wonder what the point is? Why must we go through trials and struggles…so much pain and heartache? Why does a loving God allow this hurt?
1. It tests, refines, and purifies us. As a Christian, this should be our deepest and greatest desire.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2-3
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. I Peter 1:6-7
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. I Peter 4:12-13,19
Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts. Proverbs 20:30
2. It draws us closer to God. Even as a parent has to correct and guide a child (due to immaturity, not due to sin), sometimes through difficult circumstances, God will do the same for us, as His children. We will find a deeper love for Our Father, as we gain an understanding of His heart. The trials will teach us to lean upon Him more and trust Him more. This is where we find joy and peace in the midst of our pain.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you? You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. Psalm 71:19-21
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:50
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:22-23
3. It allows us the opportunity to make an eternal impact upon the life of someone else. We can only empathize with someone to the extent that we ourselves have been touched by their pain.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:1-3
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2013. May not be used or re-printed without permission. bp3304-08-13