People who have endured suffering and proven God to be faithful are strong,
mellow and patient. They have the gentleness of Christ. I love to be around
such people! They encourage my spirit!
You will come through your trial and be of great help to others if you will
trust God through it! You will see it happen on your job, in your family, in
your church. People will be attracted to you because they know what you have
gone through and they have seen you gain the victory through the power of God
Many believers who suffer never learn anything from it. As a result, they never
know God as their comforter or consoler. To hear them talk, you would think God
was hard, spiteful, uncaring. They ask, “Why me?” Then they doubt God’s
love and begin to turn away from Him. They moan, groan and murmur, and all
their joy fades. Soon they grow bitter and hard.
I have a pastor friend who for years had a very successful ministry to troubled
people. But today he is deep in sin, drug-addicted and totally backslidden. His
wife left him and he has taken up with a drug-addicted woman.
When you ask him what happened, he blames it all on how others let him down.
His wife left him; God didn’t answer his prayers; other ministers
disappointed him. He says, “I really tried, but I just couldn’t take it.
There were too many pressures and there were so many hypocrites. I was
misjudged and I couldn’t handle that.”
The apostle Paul, even in the worst hour of his sufferings, blessed the name of
the Lord. He knew the Father was full of mercy and the Source of all his
comfort. He did not question God or become bitter; in fact, he praised Him in
the midst of it all!
The best teachers in any church are not the ones in the pulpit. Rather, they
are sitting in the pews right next to you—people who have suffered and yet
still worship the Lord. The language of those who learn through suffering is