Day 11

You Will Have Suffering in This World

from the Promises of God reading plan


Matthew 10:16-42, John 16:16-33, 2 Timothy 2:8-13

BY She Reads Truth

When we think about God’s promises, we tend to focus on the blessings: forgiveness, mercy, and eternal life, to name a few. But Jesus promised us something else as well: “You will have suffering in this world” (John 16:33). Read that again. That’s not You might or You may or You could. It’s You will. As sure as death and taxes and God’s love for sinners, we will suffer—Jesus guarantees it.

For many people, God and suffering are not compatible. If God exists, they reason, then there should be no suffering, for how could a good God allow it? But the true God is no stranger to pain. The Son allowed His body to be tormented and twisted by the most gruesome torture device of the ancient world, the cross. And He did so to put an end to the world’s suffering, once and for all. In the same breath that He promised us suffering, He made another promise, one so sure that it was spoken in the past tense: “I have conquered the world” (John 16:33).

Sin has so wormed itself in and through this world that we cannot avoid suffering entirely. It would be like trying to avoid sand at the beach. But we also suffer in a special way as Christ’s followers. We suffer because He suffered first. And when we endure this life and all it can throw at us, the same way He did, we display our faith that Christ has indeed conquered the world. For “if we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him” (2Timothy 2:11–12).

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52 thoughts on "You Will Have Suffering in This World"

  1. Emily McGhee says:

    This is a great word. It’s good to understand that we can do all things through Christ. I can endure sickness, I can endure loss of wages, I can endure my dad being wrongfully imprisoned, I can do ALL this with a promise of supernatural Joy. Thank you Lord. Until we meet one day, give me strength to lean into your arms through the suffering.

  2. Dominique Turnquest says:

    Outwardly we may be wasting away but inwardly we are becoming more like Christ

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