Summary of passages: Various passages for the day.
8 ) Part personal Question. My answers:
Psalm 73:26-28: God is the strength, refuge, and portion forever when flesh and heart fail.
Proverbs 3:11-12: God disciplines those He loves.
Romans 5:3-4: Suffering produces perseverance, character, hope, and love through the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:17: Suffering allows us to share in Christ’s glory.
Philippians 3:8-9: (Read verse 10 as well) Sharing in Christ’s suffering produces more knowledge of Christ, fellowship with him, becoming more like him, and attaining resurrection from the dead. Giving up or losing all things results in a gain of Christ and righteousness through belief in the Savior.
Hebrews 5:8-9: Suffering produces obedience to God and eternal salvation for believers.
When you have nothing, all you have is Him. You rely more on God and the Holy Spirit. You know him more and become more like Christ. It humbles you to the point you cry out to God. And that is what God wants–all of you. This I’ve experienced throughout my life’s trials and tribulations and my current closeness with God. Life is amazing when you have Him and nothing else.
9) Personal Question. My answer: When I was in college, I had a hard time concentrating because songs kept playing over and over in my head. I wondered where God was during this time and cried out to Him repeatedly. However, He never left me and eventually they went away as I channeled my thoughts towards Him. It strengthened me and I knew He never left me. Now I know He’s always there even when we are hit with inexplicable events in our lives.
Conclusions: God is more concerned about character rather than comfort. Suffering is small compared to knowing Christ. Suffering teaches us the greatest good of Christian life is not absence of pain but being Christ-like. The important thing to take away is this: there is a purpose in suffering. God has a purpose. You may not be able to see it now but through faith you will persevere and emerge stronger and more dependent on Him.