I know we don’t like to hear about pain, about loosing someone we love, about struggles. We have enough of those, why go and read about them? We don’t like difficulty and struggles. We don’t like hearing about ours or other peoples’; it burdens us. But God has a purpose for sufferings, not necessarily for pain(emotional or physical), financial struggles, or stress, but for what they cause us to do: suffer.
Something that might be good for us all to remember is that our Savior was made perfect through suffering. Christ’s example of what a perfect life, of what a good Christian should be was perfected through sufferings. In Hebrews, it says that Jesus was made captain of suffering.
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
This doesn’t mean he destroyed it. Neither does it mean that he champion over sufferings. No, it means that he was put in command of sufferings; they no longer were to be pain for the sake of pain, and hardship for the sake of hardship. Jesus came to give purpose to our pain, to help us see a future passed our fears, to help us find security in sufferings. He is the commander, the captain of suffering; it has been put in subjection underneath Him and He leads it where He wills. Suffering is no longer a punishment. It is no more simply an effect of our actions, but an action to bring about an effect.
Jesus captained our sufferings to bring direction to them. Every hardship we endure in life as Christians is meant to push us towards something not to chase us away from something. Every trial, every tribulation, every difficulty that the world without Christ faces, pushes them away from Him. But Christians, with the Holy Spirit of God living inside of them, their sufferings only serve to bring them closer to the Comforter; to point them to the one who controls their circumstances.
Sufferings are human. But with Christ, fear is not an enemy, sufferings are not despair. Christ has become captain of our sufferings. What have we to fear of our personal well-being? Never should we doubt the capability of our Creator to care for us: His creation.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist