Sanctification Through Suffering
“Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son, and do not loathe his discipline; for the Lord disciplines the one he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12 CSB
Discipline doesn’t always feel good, does it? For those of us who are mothers, I can only imagine what it is like when you must discipline your little ones. But why is correction needed? To correct your children when they have strayed from what is right and, ultimately, what is good for them.
True Christians are beloved children of God. We are called to endure times of hardships and sufferings in this life like our God and Savior Jesus Christ did. Now, we will never suffer to the capacity as He had to suffer for our sake (Hebrews 12:3-4). Whether by our own disobedience or not, it has been granted to us to suffer in his life (Philippians 1:29). Some of us will deal with it in great tribulations while other will brace the wayward waves with much less turbulence. Regardless of whatever we face, we are to rejoice in all we are given to endure, for to suffer for the sake of Christ is a gift (Philippians 4:4)!
Sisters, suffering is hard, and hardships are called hard for a reason. But hold fast to the truth that whatever you are currently struggling with, or whatever is to come, the Father Who ordained this time for you will train you, sustain you, and delight in you as His Spirit produces the fruit of righteousness in you (Hebrews 12:11). Embrace His hand, and walk through the fiery trials with a song of praise on your lips. He who began a good work in you will complete it (Philippians 1:6) and this is all a part of the process, which is your sanctification. Trust Him.
Lord God, often I see trials and suffering as signs of Your disapproval and anger against me. This is not the case all the time, though sometimes You do bring the rod to correct me. My God, enable me by Your Spirit to see the smile of the Perfect Father as You conform me into the image of Your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, Who loves us and gave Himself for me. Whatever You have for me to face, let me forever sing of Your faithfulness. And my love and affection for You grow deeper still. In Christ’s name I pray, amen.
Remember that times of suffering are appointed. You are well taken care of during them and beloved by God in every second. Meditate on truth in trials, and glorify God for the good work He is doing in you!