Hard times lead to rise of hard questions in most of our hearts… even for those who steadily rest upon God, often are haunted by a ringing question … “why?” Prophet Habakkuk cried, “How long, Lord must I call for help but you do not listen.” David’s plea rose to God, “My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord,how Long?”
In moments of trials and testing, we earnestly cry out to God, relentlessly seek God to intervene in our situations and as we wait upon God … suffering leads to perseverance, which leads to acquiring a refined character of Christ and hope in a God who will not put one to shame Romans 5:3-4.
God in his wisdom allows circumstances in our lives not only to develop within us a “harvest of righteousness and peace”; but also to strengthen faith and develop one’s spiritual muscle. How can you know the resilience of your faith if it is not tested? Just as storms and drought force the roots of a tree to grow deep into the earth, times of suffering and calamity in our lives draw our roots deep into God himself.
Also, suffering equips God’s people to love, comfort and support another person. The suffering of the early church led to tangible fruits witnessed in the bible and the ripple effect is felt even today. How about you and I? Is suffering embittering you or because of it you are bearing tangible fruits born for Jesus Christ?
Think about it…through your suffering, how has God uniquely prepared you to help another person?
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17 – 19