Everyone has sorrows, and a good number of people hate it and would do almost anything to avoid them. Some even think that being good or doing good will aid in their escape from them–but it doesn’t. Often the best people have the worst problems. Being a Christian, even a “good” one, does not exempt us from grief. We can, however, be transformed in our trials by trusting Christ. It’s true. God doesn’t want us to just endure our sorrows. He wants us to understand that there can be a blessing in them–a blessing that only comes if we accept them in love and with trust.
Misery has a mission. Pain has a purpose. Even when we are chastised,”it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”(Hebrews 12:11) If we could see the end result there would be no complaint. But not seeing is all a part of the learning process. We walk by faith, not by sight.
God doesn’t want us to waste our sorrows. Although we dread them and shrink back from them, we are assured by His word that He will use them for some good. Indeed, there are some things we can never learn except through the school of suffering. It’s often the case that God wants us to ascend to some new height in life, where we’ve never been before, and the only way to get there is through strain and pain. Were there no obstacles and opposition there would be no opportunity. We often get the best things out of the worst things. Just as the rush needs the mire, the saints need the fire. As Job said,”when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”(Job 23:10). Instead of cursing your trials, trust God to use them to produce some glorious good. The good might not be of a personal nature, nor a present blessing, but someday in some way, God will do exactly as He promised–good will come from them. Remember the old song that says,”We’ll understand it better bye and bye”? It’s true! Someday the course will be over. You will graduate with honors and an experience that will pay eternal dividends. Then you will say,”It was worth it all”.