“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:28
“Why is there suffering?” That question has perplexed humans for ages. If we all truly understood how sin has tainted every inch of our world and of our lives, perhaps we would not be so mystified. We naturally tend to think everything should be “good.” We often have in mind the “abundant life,” a life we define as one without suffering of any kind. But what God tells us is that all things—suffering and abundant life alike—work together for our good. The good that God has in mind is that we will be conformed to the image of Jesus. Who is this Jesus we are being conformed to? He is a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief (see Isaiah 53:3).
We are so time-bound that it is difficult for us to realize God is making us more like Jesus already. Our “best life” is one to which God called us, justified us, and glorified us. Our hope in the midst of suffering is for the here and now and for the future. Being glorified is already an accomplished fact.
What a boost to our faith! Our future—without suffering—is guaranteed!
We do have battles to fight in this life, but the outcomes are already determined. In Christ, believers have won!