There’s hope in the midst of suffering...
Suffering doesn’t mean that God has abandoned you.
1 Peter 3:13-14 - “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled...”
Psalm 1:1-6 - “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; or the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
Job 5:7 - “...but man is born to trouble...”
Job 7:3 - “...so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me...”
John 16:33 [NIV] - “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
You find out things about God through suffering that you would never know otherwise.
1 Peter 3:15-17 - “...but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.”
When you’ve come through suffering, you’re spiritually certified to minister to somebody who is suffering.
1 Peter 3:18-22 - “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.”