October 19, 2014
The Scriptures never paint a rosy picture of the Christian life as being filled with beautiful rose gardens, or strolls on the beach, or the sound of a soft and gentle harp playing wherever you go. Actually and more realistically, the question asked largely by those suffering is why do some suffer more than others? For instance, why does it seem that Paul suffered more than Peter? Lamentably, there is no answer, but the significant answer Paul proclaims is that suffering never goes unnoticed nor without purpose. Paul, in these few verses, provides great comfort and encouragement as he explains the role of God in our suffering as well as the role of the believer in the visible Body of Christ.