“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” – Romans 8:17
No one that I know in the natural sense enjoys suffering. No doubt there are many days we wish it would all just “go away.” Unfortunately, (as it would seem unfortunate), the Bible is very plain regarding the topic: Suffering is and always will be a part of “this” life.
Jesus set the expectation stating:
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
In our opening verse, it calls the “born again” (John 3) “children of God,” as well as equal heirs or sharers of Christ; both in inheritance and in peril. It compares the tribulations of life to that of Jesus’ encounters of His suffering, BUT it equally assures us that if we are joined to Christ in suffering, we are ALSO joined to Him in glorification!
Here’s a profound reality: Promotion is an elevation of a “lower state.” In that, we realize that whilst we are in the body, in suffering, in this cursed world, the only way from “down” is “up”
So many questions have been asked such as “Why God?” (as I’m sure we have all asked the same question before). Though we may not see God’s full picture, and the grand scale of his plan, we can rest assured that He is smarter than us, and knows exactly what He is doing.
At some point, undeniably-Biblically, “Joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5)
Brining balance to the reality of trials of life, it is necessary to point out the imperativeness that we should not be enduring tribulation or affliction as a result of sin. Though the Bible tells us that it rains on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45), it also tells us that we should not be suffering as a consequence of willful sin.
“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” – 1 Peter 4:15-16
Each & everyday (as I would recommend very early in the morning as according to Psalm 63:1), we should seek God for His strength for the upcoming day that His grace would sustain us to resist the devil that he would flee from us, as well as for the endurance of this present suffering as glory in the name of Jesus Christ! You might say it like this: “Bad days don’t have to be “bad” when God is good because the truth is life is always good when God is your life, because God is good!
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18.