Despite this suffering, we will not walk alone, nor suffer alone during our various challenges. God promises to be with us in our trials, and He promises that these trials will not overcome us. In Isaiah 43:2, we are told, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” God also promises to make a way for us to bear our suffering. We are taught in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” Moreover, the Bible teaches us that, even though we will have suffering in this world, we should find peace in Jesus and comfort, knowing that Christ has overcome the world. As John 16:33 tells us, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
The Bible has quite a lot to say about suffering and about the promises God makes to us about our suffering. Below is just a sampling of those promises. First, God promises to remember all that we do in His name. We are taught in Hebrews 6:10, “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name…” While this promise certainly includes our works which we do out of love to glorify Him, I believe that this promise also includes the suffering that we go through in His name. God promises eternal glory in Heaven for our sufferings here on this earth. We are told in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” The future glory that this verse refers to is the glory which we will have in heaven, the rewards for our faithful service and suffering in His name. There are many other promises that God gives us concerning our suffering. God promises to comfort and strengthen us after we suffer. As 1 Peter 5:10 teaches us, “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” Finally, God promises that our suffering will develop our character. God promises that our suffering will produce endurance, character, and hope, and He promises to bless us with His love, poured into our hearts in extra measure through the work of the Holy Spirit as a blessing to us for suffering in His name. We are promised in Romans 5:3-5, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
I pray that you will be comforted in your suffering, and that you will experience in your suffering all the wonderful promises of God in your life.