Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. (Colossians 1:24)
As we’ve been discussing all week, trials and tribulations are a part of life. Fortunately, however, God can (and will) bring good out of our suffering if we let Him.
Here’s what I wrote in Give Up Worry For Good…
Suffering is a part of life. Sooner or later it’s something we all must face. And while it’s perfectly acceptable to pray that it will be taken away (after all, that’s what Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane), don’t make the mistake of suffering in vain. Ask the Lord what he’s trying to teach you. In addition, suffering provides a great opportunity to grow close to Jesus. When you suffer, he is inviting you to help him in his mission of redeeming the world. What a great honor!
All this week, we focused on the fact that not everything in life will go smoothly. It’s something that had to be addressed, but now it’s time to move on. Let’s get ready to shift our focus from our trials and tribulations to the One who is always with us and in control. Beginning tomorrow, our eyes will be on God!
Let not your heart be troubled!