“Lord, take me out of this suffering.”
This is often the prayer we utter when we go through a difficult time.
It’s really not a bad thing to pray for this because who wants to keep suffering?
However, getting you out of your circumstance may not necessarily the best thing at the moment.
Paul was stuck in prison for a total of 4 1/2 years.
Stephen was stoned to death and suffered for his faith.
Job lost his family and business though the Bible declared that he was a righteous man.
Jesus was nailed to a cross though He did wish at some point for the cup of suffering be taken away from Him.
It is possible that God sees something we can’t and is doing something we are unaware of.
His sovereignty over our life assures us that nothing happens by accident and nothing escapes His attention.
That’s why we are told to “give thanks in all circumstances.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
We are not to give thanks FOR all circumstances but IN all circumstances.
Gold doesn’t become gold unless it goes through a process. And part of the process is going through the fire.
Fire removes the dross after which allows the brilliance to come forth.
1 Peter 1:7 tells us “These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
The ultimate result of the process? Genuine faith and the glory of God.