The Hidden Power of Affliction

“God often brings suffering into our lives to expose the shallowness of our faith – and then to take it deeper than it’s ever gone before.” – Desiring God

A friend of mine sent me this quote yesterday and it really hit home with what’s recently been going on in my life. During the time that suffering actually occurs, it’s simple to only see the negative side of situations. I think that’s a very common reaction to hard times. No one likes to go through trials and tribulations. This can relate to any type of suffering whether it be the loss of a loved one, heartbreak, feeling like you aren’t worth anything or are not good enough, etc.  I believe it’s also very easy to rely on anything other than God for comfort; such as drinking and partying, money, the love of someone else, or even yourself. The things of this world may provide temporary comfort, but until you experience the love and power of Jesus Christ, you’ll never experience true happiness.

1 John 2:15-17 – “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Learning from personal experience, there has been no better feeling than realizing that God will and has always loved me and wants me to confide in Him during hard times. I can genuinely say that God and His Word (the Bible) have been my biggest source of comfort during my sufferings. I can safely say it can be yours as well. I have to be honest. I have tried to rely on worldly things such as the examples I gave above, and it has never worked out in my favor. Whenever I used to face trials in my life in the past, my pride and ego caused me to believe that I could take on and “fix” any situation with my own power. I used to believe I was invincible and that no one else was better than me. God really humbled and transformed me after what I believe to be the worst affliction I have had to face so far, and I am extremely blessed to have gone through it. I wouldn’t be the man of God I am today and this blog probably wouldn’t exist if the hardship had never occurred.

 All sufferings you face in life are your most significant blessings.

I have always believed that everything happens for a reason and no hardship takes place without a positive outcome as a result. It may not seem like it at the time, but God always has a great plan for all of us in the end as long as we trust in Him!

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Verses 2 through 15 go into greater detail if you want to check it out)

 

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