Troubles are situations that can be very difficult to be in; they test our faith. When troubles arrives, we must realize that suffering for Christ gives examples of how He comes into our troubles and restores us and show us His glory while rescuing us; He does this in His time.
Being content within suffering is hard because it seems unbearable. Suffering can be unexplainable. 2 Timothy 2:3-5 KJV
Suffering allows God to display His glory. Suffering increases our faith and others’ faith. If we never had circumstances (troubles) where only God could get us out, we would never know His ability to deliver, to heal, to break chains, and to bring restoration.
The Apostle Paul realized that although he was in prison, for a time, He decided to still trust God and have faith. He accepted that God’s Will had to be done and that people’s faith would increase out of his example to continue to trust God.
Paul believed and expected that God would break him loose from prison, one day, in His timing. Paul maintained his position of faith in God and he was content in that He didn’t mind waiting on God. Paul was sure that God would keep His promises to him. The outcome was that God did rescue Paul. Being in prison didn’t mean that he had did something wrong.
Suffering can happen whether we did something to bring it on or we didn’t do anything to bring it on. Suffering forces us to make a decision to believe.
Lord, we have to wait on you, regardless of what it looks like. No matter how the suffering makes us feel. Lord, suffering can make us feel unsafe and like you’re not there, but, God You are always there. We know this because You have fixed our troubles; You solved them and brought relief. Help us where we lack faith and give us strength while waiting on you to fulfill Your promises to us. This prayer is signed, sealed, and delivered to You through Jesus Christ, Amen.
Philippians 1:19, 29 NLT | New Living Translation
“For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.
For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.”
1 Peter 5:10 MSG| The Message Bible
“Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world.
So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.”