When I think of the men and women that have made a huge impact in my life and have been there for me during difficult times and then I pause to take a glimpse into their pasts, what I know of it, I realize that they are the extraordinary people they are because of the sufferings they have endured.
This is a timeless truth – suffering brings perfection. Christ was made perfect through suffering. It was through His sufferings that He became our compassionate High Priest.
Hebrews 2:10 – For it became him (Christ), for whom are all things, and by whom areall things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Hebrews 2:18 – For in that he (Christ) himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Consider the words of F.B. Meyer:
Suffering is rough and hard to bear; but it hides beneath it discipline, education, possibilities, which not only leave us nobler, but perfect us to help others.
Christian you don’t have to wonder why bad things happen to good people. Your Captain suffered so that he could save and comfort others. You also will suffer so that you can help others. He was our example and we are not greater than our master.
The next time you go through a dark time in your life remember the words of Meyer as he says, “When next we suffer, let us believe that it is not the result of chance, or fate, or man’s carelessness, or hell’s malevolence; but that perhaps God is perfecting our adaptability to comfort and succor others.”
I leave you with some comforting verses from the book of James.
James 1:2-3 – My brethren, count it all joy (as gifts) when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
God’s process of sanctification (perfecting His children) is full of trials, testings, and sufferings (gifts). It’s hard to think of such terrible experiences as gifts but when you realize that they bring something priceless – perfection – then you have to see them as gifts.
By the grace of God I hope that when you and I face our next trial that we will have faith to believe and see God’s hand at work in our life and will draw every drop of wisdom we can from it to help our neighbors in future days!!!