We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.
2 Corinthians 1:8
You’ve heard it before, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” We often use that phrase incorrectly and insensitively, and as a quick response to those who are suffering. You’ve probably even seen it embroidered on pillowcases, printed on plaques in homes, and sometimes used as a rallying cry. Although it sounds lovely, it simply is not true. The Bible promises suffering. Sometimes, our suffering far outweighs what we believe we can handle. We feel we can’t be given even an ounce more pain.
In this passage from the Book of Corinthians, Paul tells us that their suffering was so great they did not think they would survive. Yet, God used their suffering for a purpose. As we journey together on just how He uses our suffering for good, let’s be sure to remember and accept that we will suffer. Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection do not protect us from that reality. It does, however, come with a promise that He will weave together our suffering to create something divinely purposed…for our good and for His glory!
Think of ways God has used your suffering for good in the past and thank Him for revealing his good work to you.