SufferingIn the popular movement of preserving what is called nature and not wasting natural resources, some seek to take advantage of everything, recycling used materials and, to cite one example, utilizing those parts of fruits and vegetables that were once thrown away. It’s good to make use of everything, because God does it:

Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, …
Romans 5:3 NET

We’d prefer to discard suffering, but in the divine economy it has its use as well. Every experience of ours, every event and moment God uses for our good.

Therefore, instead of trying to avoid suffering (an impossible attempt, it ought to be said), we ought to learn from it and embrace it as another instrument of the Lord’s to conduct us into his presence.

With such an understanding of the role of trials in God’s work, we can rejoice in sufferings.

What do you think?