Today’s Scripture: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2¬†Corinthians¬†12:9

Here are some principles that have helped me when enduring suffering.

  1. Make sure when you are suffering that you are doing it for Christ and not for your own stupidity. Is there something you could have done to prevent your hardship? If so, take the appropriate steps to make the wrong right.

  2. Continue to do well and serve the Lord even as you suffer. There are many people who tend to use their current distress as an excuse to drop out of ministries in the church. Continue ministering to others. Accept the ministry of other people. Be open with people. They can’t help you if they don’t know about your suffering.

  3. Look to your reward for enduring suffering. There are some situations in our lives where we won’t know until eternity why we faced what we faced. God knows the outcome. He knows the end from the beginning. Only He will be able to finally explain our suffering to us.

Dear friend, I encourage you to take a moment and give whatever it is you are facing to the Lord. He’s the only one strong enough to carry our greatest burdens.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder