For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. - Romans 8:18
The Bible is not silent on suffering in fact so much of the letters written to the early churches return to this difficult subject with monotonous regularity. Guided by the Holy Spirit the writers of God's Word were lead to open up this tender wound again and again.
Not only did being part of this new kingdom not protect you from all the common trails of this world, like sickness and natural disasters, but it brought a new world of pain through persecution. Following Jesus actually added to suffering in a tangible way.
Three things Paul tells the Roman church to bring comfort in suffering.
- Compare your suffering with the glory to come. Call to mind everything you know about how marvellous God is then take a deep breath and realise the the true extent of God's glory has not even been revealed to you yet!
- Understand that the Holy Spirit is praying for us even if no one else is or we don't even know what to pray.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. - Romans 8:26
- Realise that whatever is happening in our lives, God WILL use it to accomplish GOOD in his eternal plan.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28