Comprehending the Purpose of Suffering
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
The struggle over the problem of evil and suffering is not one that may find a resolution to the satisfaction of every believer. The promises declaring that God’s sovereignty rules in and over all matters may come with a guarantee in the Scriptures, but for those living under the emotional pain of hurt often find it difficult to believe. Typically, God is the one blamed because He failed to stop the evil intentions of others. Subsequently, this struggle becomes substantial because of the absence of an explanation from the Scriptures. The weight of the pressure grows in the midst of the silence from God as we are left to bear the weight of the burden alone.
Paul experienced the emotional pain that came from serving Jesus Christ without the visible results. The affliction he encountered throughout his ministry was real, and so was the inner pain and turmoil that brought him to the point of death. But, what changed? Why was Paul able to continue in ministry? How did he overcome the affliction to reach the goal of teaching others the truth regarding suffering?
Lessons from life:
- The pain associated with suffering – a
- The profit achieved from suffering – b
- The praise advanced beyond suffering –
- Anticipate the struggle but not the defeat
- Advance in knowing and trusting Jesus Christ
- Answer the cry of despair with the shout of praise
8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.