your kids suffer. In a youth culture pervaded by bullying, our kids may
sometimes suffer injustice at the hands of others. Sometimes, their suffering
is brought on by choices they’ve made of that have been made by others. At other times, circumstances related to
illness or accidents are the cause of their suffering.
that because of the flawed nature of ourselves and our world, we should not be
surprised by difficulty and suffering. In fact, times of difficulty, pain, and
suffering are what God uses to draw us to Himself, to conform us to His
likeness, and to whittle off all that extra “fluff” that keeps us from maturing
in our faith.
“My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your
decrees.” James tells us that we should
“consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2).
Really??? Why??? Because this testing of our faith produces perseverance and
reason that God is at work in our lives. While we want to ourselves and those we love to thrive in
a life free of hurt and pain, we shouldn’t miss the opportunity to learn, grow, and mature as we persevere through suffering.