I Peter 5:8-11 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
When we talk about sufferings, we immediately reminded about men like Job, King David and then Paul. The sufferings they passed through and their endurance is a good testimony of their faith in the Lord. How did they endure the sufferings? What is so special with them that we miss many times when we suffer?
When one is suffering, it is because either a loss of relationship, health, job or anything that disturbs the normal life. Suffering brings pain, grief, frustration, unlovingness, loneliness, rejection and humiliation etc… When sufferings hits us, the first question that comes in our mind ‘did I do anything wrong’ or ‘Have I sinned against God and that is why this is happening’. These are the common questions that pop in our mind. Though this may be a right question, but not all sufferings are because of iniquity. If we see in the life of King David, we can see a mix in his sufferings. When the first child who is born of Bathsheba out of sin died, the sufferings he went through could be based of his sin. But the fugitive life in the days of Saul and the sufferings he endured by his own son Absalom may not be because of any sins. So, not all sufferings in the life of a child of God are because of his/her sins. A child of God should discern what he/ she going through with the help of the Holy Spirit. Let us meditate on this topic. May God the Holy Spirit would help us to understand the richness of God’s mercy and the sacrifice and sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ.