You Will Have Suffering in This World

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

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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  1. K D says:

    So thankful that even in the midst of suffering the Lord promises to give us the strength to endure.

  2. Taylor says:

    Thank you Jesus that we are NEVER alone in our sufferings. Thank you that while suffering can be very very hard, you can use it for your glory to draw us closer to you and grow in us dependence, trust, and obedience. Thank you that when we look back on our lives that the darkest times are also when we felt closest to You or felt your presence strongly. I pray for those who are suffering, internally and externally, that you would extend your peace that surpasses all understanding and mercy. Thank you for loving us so much that you shared in our suffering – much more than many of us will every have to physically experience to secure our place with YOU in Heaven when all will be made perfect and suffering will be no more! We love you. Amen <3

  3. Tina says:

    Dorothy, I am so so very sorry for your families troubles.
    Loss is a journey we have to go through. A journey that, although we have others around us, we each go through, in our own way..
    Oh my Dorothy, my heart hearts, for your sister,for you..for this journey you are on.. there are no words

    But God…

    Holding you and yours up in prayer, to know His loving arms, comfort, peace, wisdom and grace at this very sad and difficult time..
    Love wrapped hugs coming your way. ❤

  4. Tina says:

    Before I began to read the devotional this morning, I looked at the heading and in my head said… how can that be a promise???

    A promise is something good, something worthwhile, something that is going to make/change your life for the better, right?

    Then I read the first paragraph…

    I have heard that line of scripture often, but hadn’t put it into perspective if you like, I hadn’t joined the dots on what it actually fully meant…

    Until my own first real ‘suffering in this world’, I would have, and clearly did step over this ‘promise’ because it didnt affect me, others suffered, others went through the trauma, the pain, the hurt, the breaking of heart, the struggles… until I came face to face with ‘suffering in this world’, I could not see those words were for me. I am not saying I did not have hardships, or hurt of heart, or worries, Dear God, no, what I am saying is until my heart breaking, body, mind and soul breaking, life forever changed, ‘suffering in this world’, I had not connected the dots. I had not connected the dots to God.. or a relationship with Him..

    But God..

    Oh but God..

    He has ‘used’ ‘my suffering in this world’, to grow me, to guide me, to show me, 1) that I am not alone, never have been, never will be.
    2)Though I was totally broken, and in my mind , at a point where life, especially mine, meant nothing, had nothing to live for, He was close.. and still is.
    3)I needed to be where i was in my heart to know Him and His presence..
    4)suffering didnt go away, But with God, there is an ease..

    Suffering in this world, happens..

    But God… He is right there. The fact that Jesus has overcome the world, means that we do not suffer alone.. NEVER.

    Amen.

    Sending love and hugs.. ❤

  5. Liz A says:

    “I have conquered the world” Amen, amen! Praise God for that truth

  6. Paula Edge says:

    With all JESUS suffered alone He is with us and will help us through our suffering if we let Him.

  7. Michelle Lm says:

    It was nice to read this today. I’m having an extremely hard day with my teen daughter. I found some things that talked about Satan among other things. She doesn’t know I found anything. I have to wait to talk to my husband tonight but my heart is hurting today. And I feel physically sick. Just reading some of the things she said . Today’s reading brought a little bit of comfort.

    1. Michelle Lm says:

      Thank you Tina ❤️

  8. Jennifer Anapol says:

    God is reminding me today that i can’t expect perfection from this world. Perfection will come when I get to heaven. In this world there will be uncertainty, sickness, death, and heartache. There will also be celebrations, happiness, and triumphs. In this world we must take the good with the bad, the hard times make the good times so much sweeter.

    1. Fran Pattison says:

      I found this so encouraging to read. I’ve never thought of life like that. I may not achieve all my life goals or ideals I’d envisaged for myself but in heaven all will be perfect ❤️