This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series. God warned Adam that eating the forbidden fruit would result in death Gen 2. Pain, suffering, and death—in and of themselves—are not good. One of the ways God uses pain is to wake us up and bring up to himself. Our tendency in times of trial may be to run away from God, become angry with God, or idolize worldly comfort. Charles Spurgeon said it well when he encouraged us to look to God in our pain.
A passage that clearly lays out how God desires to mature us and grow us up through the pain and suffering that comes at us, at times completely unexpectedly, in this life. You see, there are many folks who instead of approaching pain and suffering with a heart of humility and surrender to the Lord and His sovereign purposes in the midst of suffering, will instead run away from Him in these times. Or stop trusting Him in these times. Or choose to stop believing in Him altogether in these times. But I get it.
Many think all suffering is the same. But when the Bible talks about suffering, it doesn't mean "sickness. Jesus redeemed us from that. A lot of times people who are sick say they are suffering for the Lord.
As Christians, we like the thought of sharing in Christ's glory, but what about sharing in His suffering? Jesus took care of the death penalty once and for all so we don't ever have to worry about that again. But the Bible teaches that we must suffer times of trial if we are to share in the glory. Is it worth it?