How To Suffer Well

James 5:11-12 (NIV)
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
We do not know how to suffer well.  We’re so used to our creature comforts and immediate gratification of our every want and desire that we have no patience.  We have no tolerance for suffering.  We expect our lives to be free from trouble, free from want and free from suffering.  When troubles come along, we don’t know how to persevere.  We expect someone to come in and save the day for us.  
Sometimes we have to suffer, so we’d better learn to do it well.  Life has its ups and downs and we will find ourselves having to persevere through times of trouble and difficulty.  Instead of throwing in the towel, we need to learn to press on, persevere and keep going with the compassion and mercy that the Lord provides for us.  In His great compassion and mercy, God gives us strength to persevere.  James says to consider Job’s story.  He persevered through great trials and tribulations and never gave up nor did he question God’s purpose and plan.  He suffered through extreme difficulty and God blessed him for it.  
So when you come up against trials, tests and tribulations today, don’t throw your hands up and give up.  Don’t throw in the towel and quit.  Don’t whine and complain and say, “Why me?!?”  Ask the Lord for His compassion and mercy.  Ask the Lord to give you strength to overcome and to press on, even in the midst of suffering.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I admit that I do not like to suffer.  I know that You can provide strength and courage to press on and persevere in the midst of suffering.  So if I must suffer in this life, I pray that You would indeed grant me the strength I need to keep the faith and to press on through the trials and tribulations.  Help me to keep my eyes on Jesus, who even endured the cross for my sake.  In His name I pray, amen.

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