A successful professor bought a BMW for his son. But calamity struck. His son met with an accident while driving the car and perished. The professor’s wife, who was in the car when it crashed, also died.
Clearly, God has a purpose when He puts us through painful experiences.
God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12: 10b-11).
PIONEER AND PERFECTER
Why did God allow Jesus to go through such an agonising death at the cross? Because great lessons in life can only be learned through suffering.
- God has put us through trials because He is treating us as His children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? (Hebrews 12:7).
- A servant is not greater than his or her master. Even so, believers who are His servants cannot be exempted or shielded from pain.
- “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
- See trials as something positive.
- Ask for wisdom to overcome the trials.
- Have faith and patience while you wait for fulfillment of God’s promises.
- Crisis creates opportunity – Chinese proverb.
- The fact is that life is either hard and satisfying or easy and unsatisfying – Richard Leider.
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