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Says This About Suffering
1. Suffering silences Satan (Job 1-2)
2. Suffering gives God an opportunity to be glorified (John 11:4)
3. Suffering makes us more like Christ (Phil. 3:10, Heb. 2:10)
4. Suffering makes us appreciative (Romans 8:28)
5. Suffering teaches us to depend on God (Ex. 14:13-14, Isa. 40: 28-31)
6. Suffering enables us to exercise our faith (Job 23:10, Romans 8:24-25)
7. Suffering teaches us patience (Romans 5:3, James 1:2-4)
8. Suffering makes us sympathetic (II Cor. 1:3-6)
9. Suffering makes and keeps us humble (II Cor. 12:7-10)
10. Suffering brings rewards (II Tim. 2:12, I Peter 4: 12-13)
Suffering People in the Bible
1. Job (Job 1-42) Job had greater knowledge of God and understanding of self.
2. Miriam (Exodus 15:20-21; Numbers 12:26:59) Got leprosy from God as a chastisement for rebellion. She repented and was healed and restored. She learned that God sometimes uses suffering to chasten His disobedient children.
3. Ezekiel’s wife (Ezekiel 24: 15-27) She was the wife of a major prophet. She had an illness that resulted in death. Source from God to illustrate God’s dealings with the nation of Israel. The result was that God was glorified, and that God sometimes uses suffering and even death to accomplish His purpose.
4. Mephibasheth (II Samuel 4:4; 9:1-13) Young grandson of King Saul, he was crippled through a fall. Source and reason not given. It resulted in a lifetime of affliction with no cure. The lesson is that God doesn’t always tell us the reason for our suffering.
5. Paul (II Cor. 12:1-10) A great apostle to the gentiles who had a “thorn in the flesh”. Implied that it was a gift from God. The reason was to keep Paul from exalting himself because of his unique spiritual experiences. It became a blessing because it increased his dependence on the Lord. The lesson is that God doesn't always bring temporary healing, even to the most devoted children.
May our trials help us to be more compassionate with others, more aware of God's presence and work in our lives, and develop a greater dependence on God than ourselves,