Does it need to be said? I mean, really - NO ONE likes suffering. We avoid suffering at all costs. We spend most of our money, time, and effort to help our children (or grandchildren!) avoid suffering - both physical and emotional. This is not unusual and it is even understandable. I’m in the same boat as all of you. This is a result (for the most part) of our culture of comfort. People seek out the most comfortable furniture, cars, and even jobs. Simply put: the more comfort we have, the less suffering we have. At least this is the formula.
As usual, the Bible challenges contemporary culture. Paul here in Romans teaches us that suffering is important, indeed essential, to our own spiritual growth. When we suffer we have the opportunity to build our faith. We trust that God is in our suffering and will carry us through. How will you build faith through comfort? When you have all you need - what need to you have of Christ? Suffering teaches us to depend on Christ. When we depend on Christ we are able to survive the challenges of our sufferings . . . even thrive!
Today, transform your suffering into hope through leaning on Christ. Don’t avoid suffering, embrace it as you build your faith.