“For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil” (1 Peter 3:17). Everyone encounters suffering in many different ways all throughout life. Why do we encounter pain? Why do awful things happen to good people? Why does God allow us to go through so much suffering? These are such simple, yet complicated questions we ask ourselves throughout life. Unfortunately, we tend to sit around, staring at the floor as if there are no answers. While we may not get all the answers we seek, we can be sure of one thing: our pain and suffering doesn’t mean God has removed his love away from us. In fact, the cross of Jesus shows us that God went to amazing lengths to show us how much we mean to him.
Being a teenage girl, I find myself surrounded by people who are veering away from Christ and worshiping the social standards of today’s society. I find myself trying to figure out who I am because everyone around me is constantly changing. In the midst of this difficult season of life I am reminded that it is better to suffer for following God than to suffer from doing evil. Even though it may be painful, God’s plan is greater and his love is stronger than I could even possibly imagine. Although suffering can cause you to experience rough paths, every single moment of suffering God will use for his glory if you allow him to do so. He truly draws close to the wounded and brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18) no matter the circumstances.
Give all of the glory to God through your sufferings. Doing so, he will provide you with endless love and a tremendous amount of peace for the difficult days ahead.