Purpose in our Suffering…

“I am the subject of depressions of spirit so fearful that I hope none of you ever get to such extremes of wretchedness as I go to.’”

“Personally I know that there is nothing on earth that the human frame can suffer to be compared with despondency and prostration of mind.”

—Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The one thing that separates us from the world when we go into the grips and depths of depression, is Hope.

The Bible is clear on that subject, that God himself has ordained our ordeals and uses those moments to transform us more into the image of His Son.

This means that our suffering has a purpose.

Without a purpose attached to our pain, everything is meaningless and hopeless.

This is why the world is in so much despair, because they cannot put an anchor on their pain, on the darkness, on their hopelessness, on their sin.

When trying times come, or we find ourselves in those moments of despair, we have Christ the anchor of our soul.

I know for myself, the experience is real. When I was in the throes of agonizing depression and anxiety, it was Christ in whom I looked to, it was Christ in Whom I rested in, it was Christ where I drew my strength, it was Christ who brought me through it all.

Those moments when we feel forgotten, hopeless, strangled by fear, we must realize that in it all of this Christ has ordained it for our good and for His glory.

There were times when the darkness was a darkness you could almost feel, it almost became claustrophobic and unrelenting.

But it was here, that I looked to the Rock of my salvation, and in the chaos, and in the confusion, in the disappointment, my Lord was there.

He was with me, He carried me through it all.

But in all of this, we must have the right perspective if we are going to grow in our adversity and in our troubling experiences.

You must be willing to submit to Christ, to submit to his word, to live in the scriptures, to seek him in prayer, to seek the fellowship of the saints, to trust in his providence and His sovereignty.

There is a purpose to your suffering.

Use the moments of your suffering as an opportunity to serve others, to look at the bigger picture and utilize these moments for the glory of God.

No two situations are identical, everybody’s experiences are different, but Christ is the same yesterday today and forever!

Go to Christ. He is always there, he will never leave you nor forsake you.


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