Because we live in a fallen world, suffering occurs and it is healthy to discuss for encouragement.
Though there are more than 10, here are some reasons why God allows suffering:
1.To make us more like Jesus (Romans 8:17).
2. To make use more dependent on him (2 Corinthians 1:9).
3. To remove idols in our life (1 John 5:21).
4. So that we can learn to comfort others who are also suffering (2 Corinthians 1:4).
5. To remind us that heaven is our home (John 15:19).
6. To remind us of the severity of sin (Genesis 3:14).
7. To give us a deeper impact for the lost because nothing grabs the attention of an unbeliever like a Christian devoted to Christ in the midst of deep pain (Philippians 1:13).
8. To encourage other Christians (Philippians 1:14).
9. To make us long more for heaven (Philippians 1:23).
10. To strengthen our faith (James 1:2-4).
Suffering is a blessing. Paul writes to the Philippians, “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake” (Philippians 1:29). Like our faith, suffering has been granted to us and is a blessing for all the reasons mentioned above and more.
Ultimately, we won’t know the full reason for our suffering until we get to heaven. At that moment, Jesus will wipe away every tear from our eye, death will be no more, and the current suffering that we experience on earth will not be worth comparing to the glory we will experience for an eternity with our suffering servant Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
“We cannot look at the cross and see Jesus there and think we will be spared.” – John Piper
You will suffer. Look to Jesus. Live for heaven. Enjoy the blessing.