Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know."
―  Job 42:1-3

The Bible shows us a God who works powerfully in and through suffering to draw us to Himself. In Job's afflictions in the book of Job, God's holy and purposeful might is shown not as "Acknowledge that my might is right, no matter what I do." or "Acknowledge that I am right simply because I have the might". Indeed, "God is God". His purposes and might are immensely way beyond our comprehension. His ways are consistent with His majestic sovereignty and excellence. He upholds His glory by abasing the proud and blessing the humble. "No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly." (Psalm 84:11).

Being a follower of Christ does not exempt us from pain, and, in fact, our commitment to Him can often be the source of pain as we take tough stands and witness for Him in our workplaces and communities. The reality of life in this world for the believer is that we, like Paul, might testify of times in which "we also despair of life itself." (2 Corinthians 1:8). Everyone's story comes with unique challenges, difficulties, bumps, and bruises that leave you lost and drowning in their wake. It could be a financial disaster, a health issue, a broken relationship, or the loss of a loved one. Tony Evans, in the midst of his pain, stated God's word promises Someone who will walk with us through all of life's trials and troubles - Jesus. Hope for the Hurting, Tony Evans

As we look to God for comfort and hope in our affliction and suffering, He spurs us to comfort others who are afflicted with the same comfort we’ve received from Him. Those who are suffering and burdened with afflictions can comfort others in deep and unique ways. Redeem our suffering by taking our eyes off of ourselves and turning them toward God to find strength, and then toward others to offer the comfort that God provided us.

In the Holy week that leads to Easter, Christ's life, his arrest, suffering, crucifixion and His resurrection from death are commemorated. He, the Son of God, experienced intense suffering, conquered death and was resurrected. We too can overcome with God's word and power.

The Burden of Affliction

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