Your Suffering Has Purpose & GraceFull Tuesday Link-Up

Your Suffering Has Purpose

“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” (Deuteronomy 8:2)

When we walk through trials and hardships. When the world around as is all darkness and no light. It can be difficult to see any purpose in staying where we are, to keep enduring through yet another trial. When we don’t see the purpose for being in this place, it can feel quite like the people of Israel wondering in the wilderness. Like we have been wandering in the wilderness for forty years now, without a season of rest.

When we are walking through a trial, it is hard to keep a good attitude. Or to find joy. It might be that all we see is the trial, the hardships and the darkness in our lives. When a storm is raging on, it is difficult to see anything else.

And yet, there is that glimpse of hope. What if your suffering has purpose? What if this will all somehow, in some miraculous way, be for your good?

“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” (1 Peter 5:19)

This is what I keep reminding myself: that the Lord allowed Israel to hunger. He allowed them to wander through the wilderness for all those years. So He allows us to go through trying times as well. Everything that is in our life, God has allowed. Everything that is in our life, He can use — to humble us, to test our faith. To grow us closer to Christ and make us more like Christ. So it is all for our good in the end.

Yet another thing we need to remember, is that God was with the Israelites every step of the way. And He will be with us, too. So you see, beloved — your suffering is always for a purpose. Yes. Your suffering has purpose. Whatever God plans for your life, it is the best thing for your growth in Christ. This, yes this — all this is here because you can grow in Christ. And you are not alone.

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17 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for this encouragement, Ronja. It’s easy to forget some things sometimes, when you’re in the midst of a trial. Blessings to you.

    1. It really does feel like when we are in the midst of a trial, we forget some things so easily. Thank you for visiting here today and for this encouragement! God bless you

  2. Thank you for encouraging us all to keep our eyes focused on the Lord in the midst of challenges. This >> “This, yes this — all this is here because you can grow in Christ.” Our God is a purposeful God, even when we may not see the purpose. He redeems and uses it all in our lives. Have a wonderful week!

    1. Yes! He does everything for a purpose, though it can sometimes be so hard to see that. Thank you for visiting here today, Joanne! God bless you!

  3. I’ve often wondered what those forty years really looked like. It’s so easy to read the highlights of the Bible and forget that there was suffering, big, big suffering. In order to fully understand grace and redemption we need to see those places too. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. So true, Rebecca! It’s easy to focus on the miraculous ways of God, forgetting the years of hardships and suffering that people had to go through. And what mercy and grace God kept pouring then — and now! Thank you for visiting here today!

  4. Yes, I love that reminder that God allowed Israel to wander, but He was with them. I also like remembering that their wandering was not purposeless. He took care of them. He directed them. Nothing was wasted.

    1. So true! Nothing was wasted in God’s hand, even though the Israelites brought a lot of the hardships on themselves… which gives me comfort because I’m sure my choices bring hardships on me at times, too. Thank you for visiting here today, Emily! God bless you

  5. I love this reminder from Deuteronomy 8 that there is nothing that happens that’s not for God’s big purpose of conforming us to his image, and so often I need to be shown what is really in my heart.

    1. Yes, indeed, Michele. There is so much in our hearts that still needs to change, and God brings that change to us in so many ways. Thank you for visiting here today, Michele! God bless you

  6. “What if your suffering has purpose? What if this will all somehow, in some miraculous way, be for your good?” Knowing the answer to these questions is “Yes!” helps me keep going. Thanks, Ronja!

  7. Ronja, it looks like your linkup is growing! YAY – I love it thanks for hosting and for reminding us that everything we go through can be used of God for a purpose. Blessings