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Date: 09.27.17
Why You Can Have Hope During Suffering

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.” (James 1:1-4)

For a couple years I have been pondering why two people can experience almost exactly the same trial and one stays hopeful while the other becomes hopeless. Of course there are many answers to this question, but yesterday as I read the above scripture, a few thoughts came to mind.

In this passage, James is telling us we have reason to hope while we suffer because there is purpose in pain. Trials develop perseverance which then produces a mature faith.

Perhaps this is one of the qualities of those who are hopeful during tribulation, who see themselves as winners instead of losers in life: They do not view their trials as useless, a waste, or a distraction from the goodness that they could experience in life if only they didn’t have problems. They see them as a reason for greater intimacy with Jesus. They believe that through every trouble God is shaping them into a greater likeness of Himself. They believe in Romans 8:28.

They also know their trials have not been haphazardly given to them by God. Instead, they see their suffering as a very personal thing between them and their Lord; every trial they experience has been carefully filtered through the loving hands of Christ to mold them and their faith and mature them as He deems necessary.

Because these overcomers know their suffering is a personal thing between them and Christ and no trial is in vain, they do not grieve as those who do not have hope. Instead, they grieve in hope. They struggle in hope. They suffer, and they wrestle, and they cry in hope.

You may remember that my very good and beautiful friend, Maxine, passed away almost five years ago from cancer. I was amazed as I watched her submit to Christ in her suffering. Indeed, she suffered in hope.

One day she said to me, “I am not sure why, but I know this is a path I have to walk. I don’t know how I know. I just know.” Maxine trusted God with her life. She believed that no matter what happened to her that she was safely in her loving Lord’s arms.

What are you going through today? Are you grieving in hope, suffering in hope, wrestling, and struggling and crying in hope? Today, if even through tears, tell the Lord that you trust Him no matter what road He asks you to walk. Then praise Him for a growing faith that is more precious than gold (See 1 Peter 1:6-7)

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12 thoughts on “Why You Can Have Hope During Suffering

  1. Shana, I agree with everything you said. I personally find that people who build the house continually on the foundation that is Christ tend to view trials differently that those who just had the foundation but didn’t build the house as a refuge when the trials came. I mean yo say that building that house is an every day thing not an occasional event. People who know God and his word more intimately tend to be stronger in the Lord. They have a more renewed mind.
    Love you vlog and videos.
    Thank you.

    1. Hey, Veronica.

      I love what you said that people who build their house on the foundation of Christ tend to view their trials differently. So very true–and awesome!

      Thanks for your comment and glad you like the vlog. That’s a blessing!

      Shana

  2. Yes life can be very painful and hard, but I know that all I suffer on this earth is nothing compared to the reward in heaven

  3. In my case, my suffering 13 yrs ago was due to poor choices I made eleven or twelve years earlier. My suffering was a combination of the natural consequences of sin, combined with God’s permitting my suffering to occur and linger a while. When a parent admonishes a child, the child can take comfort in the fact that the parent loves the child. Accordingly I knew I was loved by God, which is why I was suffering in the first place.

    What happened next was miraculous: God later began, for me, a season of consolation and blessing that has continued from then to the present day. Has this time been without difficulty? No. But I believe it’s a reflection of my having fully repented and desire to be all the more faithful.

    1. What a great testimony, Peter! Thanks so much for sharing. I love that you knew you were loved even during your season of discipline. That is awesome. And, I am rejoicing with you that God has brought you into a blessed place.

  4. I learned my SOS and still learning as I journey. Surrender, Obedience and Submission, learned through life mistakes I made, knowing full well knew that is was not God’s will. GOd used that to get my full, attention as a result of it. Until then, I did not trust him in ALL things. NOw, no matter what comes my way I know it is for me and my relationship with the Lord. I am fully His! I do have hope in all things that come to me.

  5. I think a chief difference one can remain hopeful while the other does not can be found in their respective definitions of hope.
    For the latter, hope is more wishful thinking. This will collapse under unmet expectations.

    The former is a truer hope, trusting Jesus and His promise that his gifts are good. There is still disappointment and grief over unmet expectations, but trust that there is more and better still to come.

    My pastor defines hope as “waiting for God to keep His promises”. Waiting can be arduous at times, but knowing God, knowing He is true to His Word helps me to endure the waiting process.

  6. Thank you for this message. I lost my job of over 30 years and because of my age it has been hard to find a job and when I did find a job it pays minimum wage and I have to pay my own insurance. I do not make enough to pay all the pays and worse now that
    we have to raise our special needs grandson. Ugh but I do have hope that someday I will get a better job even at my age! I do struggle with the young girls over correcting me and I just pray and hope that I am able to show others love while I wait for that better job.

    1. Hi, Suzie.

      I pray that as you continue on your journey that God will keep giving you hope that cannot disappoint as He provides. I know the Lord sees you as you faithfully care for your special needs grandson.

      Many blessings,
      Shana

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  • Shana, I agree with everything you said. I personally find that people who build the house continually on the foundation that is Christ tend to view trials differently that those who just had the foundation but didn’t build the house as a refuge when the trials came. I mean yo say that building that house is an every day thing not an occasional event. People who know God and his word more intimately tend to be stronger in the Lord. They have a more renewed mind.
    Love you vlog and videos.
    Thank you.

    • Hey, Veronica.

      I love what you said that people who build their house on the foundation of Christ tend to view their trials differently. So very true–and awesome!

      Thanks for your comment and glad you like the vlog. That’s a blessing!

      Shana

  • Yes life can be very painful and hard, but I know that all I suffer on this earth is nothing compared to the reward in heaven

  • In my case, my suffering 13 yrs ago was due to poor choices I made eleven or twelve years earlier. My suffering was a combination of the natural consequences of sin, combined with God’s permitting my suffering to occur and linger a while. When a parent admonishes a child, the child can take comfort in the fact that the parent loves the child. Accordingly I knew I was loved by God, which is why I was suffering in the first place.

    What happened next was miraculous: God later began, for me, a season of consolation and blessing that has continued from then to the present day. Has this time been without difficulty? No. But I believe it’s a reflection of my having fully repented and desire to be all the more faithful.

    • What a great testimony, Peter! Thanks so much for sharing. I love that you knew you were loved even during your season of discipline. That is awesome. And, I am rejoicing with you that God has brought you into a blessed place.

  • I learned my SOS and still learning as I journey. Surrender, Obedience and Submission, learned through life mistakes I made, knowing full well knew that is was not God’s will. GOd used that to get my full, attention as a result of it. Until then, I did not trust him in ALL things. NOw, no matter what comes my way I know it is for me and my relationship with the Lord. I am fully His! I do have hope in all things that come to me.

  • I think a chief difference one can remain hopeful while the other does not can be found in their respective definitions of hope.
    For the latter, hope is more wishful thinking. This will collapse under unmet expectations.

    The former is a truer hope, trusting Jesus and His promise that his gifts are good. There is still disappointment and grief over unmet expectations, but trust that there is more and better still to come.

    My pastor defines hope as “waiting for God to keep His promises”. Waiting can be arduous at times, but knowing God, knowing He is true to His Word helps me to endure the waiting process.

  • Thank you for this message. I lost my job of over 30 years and because of my age it has been hard to find a job and when I did find a job it pays minimum wage and I have to pay my own insurance. I do not make enough to pay all the pays and worse now that
    we have to raise our special needs grandson. Ugh but I do have hope that someday I will get a better job even at my age! I do struggle with the young girls over correcting me and I just pray and hope that I am able to show others love while I wait for that better job.

    • Hi, Suzie.

      I pray that as you continue on your journey that God will keep giving you hope that cannot disappoint as He provides. I know the Lord sees you as you faithfully care for your special needs grandson.

      Many blessings,
      Shana

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