Our struggles have a purpose

The storms of this life sometimes make it difficult to understand that God is with us in all things.  The truth is that is that he never leaves us no matter how painful the trials are in our life.  God has a purpose to use the struggles we experience to bring us to a deeper understanding of him and his great love. Anyone who has been used for greatness has had to suffer that their faith might be proved genuine. In Hebrews 5:8, we read that there was purpose in what Jesus had to endure:

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.

 If Jesus learned obedience from what he suffered, why do I despair over the struggles in my life that God is using to mold me into the image of his Son? The cries   of Jesus were heard because of his reverent submission!   Jesus, the Son of the true God humbly submitted to what he was given no matter how difficult or painful it might be.  He knew that there was a reason and an eternal consequence for all he had to go through. God was working all things out in his perfect plan to save us who were lost.

 Each day brings trouble and strife to all especially in a world that is perishing. We, who belong to Jesus Christ and are his church, will eventually suffer for our   beliefs as darkness hates the light and seeks to destroy it.  But, as Christ learned obedience through suffering, we too will be strengthened and equipped as we     persevere in hardships to fight the good fight, to finish the race and to keep the faith.  God never forgets the work we do for him and his kingdom. And our reward  will be complete joy in the presence of God for eternity.  What could ever be better than that?