Why Christians Suffer
continued from Part 7…
9)Suffering Teaches Us To Pray
You have heard the saying “There are no atheists in foxholes.” Due to our sinful human natures, sometimes the only time we pray is when our backs are to the wall, and there is no one else to turn to. Pray is our last resort.
10)Suffering Brings Rewards
There is a special reward for those who suffer patiently for Him. Paul tells us in II Timothy 2:12 “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.” We are made perfect through suffering. Steel is iron plus fire. Soil is rock plus crushing. The Christian life is faith plus suffering. It is God’s way of doing things. It is God’s own way of making us what we ought to be. God’s way is through fire, and through the fire He will perfect us.
Christianity does not promise us an easy walk. We will always encounter many trials and tribulations, but if we look to Jesus in faith, He will carry our load. Christianity promises us 1)all the grace of God we need, 2)a peace of mind beyond understanding that only a Christian has, and 3)we know we are heaven bound once we are “born again.” What more can we ask for? Are you suffering? Then thank the Lord for it because it shows you are growing in Christ.
Continued from Part 7… This entire eight part series on suffering is all listed under the category entitled Devotionals/Inspirationals.