It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. – Psalms 119:71
How do you like suffering? Quite the blessing, right? Yeah, maybe not. At least not, “in the moment.” The problem is that in order to arrive at the place where we understand the “blessing” of suffering, we first have to endure it.
L.B. Cowman wrote that, “The school of suffering graduates exceptional scholars.” I would agree, but I would also add that it is one of the most difficult schools you’ll ever attend! No one likes to suffer, but without a doubt, suffering is one of the pathways to apprehending God’s principles.
Everyone suffers in this life. It is a fact of the human experience, but if we truly desire God to teach us through it, then it is possible to learn by it. Oh, that it may be so.
I can say with conviction that the struggle which evil necessitates is one of the greatest blessings. It makes us strong, patient, helpful men and women. It lets us into the soul of things and teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcomings of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail. – Helen Keller
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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