– Thomas Merton
How can suffering be God’s will? The Apostle Peter writes, “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good” (1st Pet 4:19). What? Really? God’s will is for us to suffer? Yes, it is God’s will that we should suffer, so keep reading to find out how this works.
God is working in the heart of every child of His and after months and years, the evidence is clear that we are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, but guess what? Suffering speeds up this process as Peter writes, “insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1st Pet 4:13-14).