Plan for Suffering

By   •   January 26   •   Topics:


Our life has its beginning in suffering. Life’s span is marked by pain and tragedy, and our lives terminate with the enemy called death. The person who expects to escape the pangs of suffering and disappointment simply has no knowledge of the Bible, of history, or of life. The master musician knows that suffering precedes glory and acclaim. He knows the hours, days, and months of grueling practice and self-sacrifice that precede the one hour of perfect rendition when his mastership is applauded. The student knows that years of study, privation and self-renunciation precede the triumphant day of graduation and honors. Yes, there are clouds of suffering for each one of us, but God says, “I come to you in the thick dark cloud of suffering,” By faith you can see His blessed face in the storm. God has His plan and purpose in all suffering.

Read more: Why does God allow suffering?

Prayer for the day

Heavenly Father, help me to remember that none of my suffering is in vain. Through it teach me more of Your love and comfort.

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  1. Sam says:

    The truth is, I used to have somewhat of an addiction to talking to psychics when I felt anxious about my future. Things haven’t been going that great in my life and I was googling reminders of why we are to trust God and not seek out any other non-godly ways of coping with strife. Then I found this devotional which could not have come at a better time. I am not in any way happy with where I am, but I am so glad to be reminded that I am not alone in this. I pray for us all as we continue to try and navigate through life. Amen!

  2. Jerry says:

    Great work by Billy and his team. God’s grace be multiplied to you. I covet your prayers for my life, families and ministry.

  3. Kathy Stonebraker says:

    I am suffering right now. I just lost my precious husband 19 days ago to cancer. It is so hard for me to believe he is gone!! I know he is with our loving Jesus, but I miss him so much! So much my heart hurts!!

    1. Fred Ermanovics says:

      Just said a prayer for you, Kathy, that the peace of Jesus will be with you in your time of sorrow.

    2. Sam says:

      I am so very sorry for your loss. I have never been married before, so I can only imagine the immense pain that you must be going through. I pray the Lord provides you with peace during this difficult time. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

  4. Loi says:

    Thank You, Father God, for Your grace, mercy and love. Your power and strength is in my transgressions, my weaknesses, my failures and my insecurities. All honor, power and glory are Yours, Almighty Father.

  5. Malcolm says:

    Thank You, Lord. All Your works in my life are good. I know everything good is from You. My hope is in You and You alone.
    Jesus is Lord!

  6. Don Roy says:

    I am very thankful to be living in America!

  7. Gerry says:

    There will be times of great joy and happiness. Then there will also be times of suffering and difficulties. The good news is God will be with his loved ones through the good times and difficult times. His Love never ceases.