Victorious Suffering … sounds like an oxymoron right? A friend and I were discussing this very thing earlier today. We came to the conclusion that people often think suffering has to defeat us but, as believers, we have the One who overcame the world by fighting on our behalf so we can have victory in every situation. This isn’t a prosperity-type of victory but a perspective victory.
In James 1:2-7 we read, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
As believers, we are able to “count it all joy” because we know that we do not have to go through these trials alone. We have a Healer, a Helper, a Comforter and an Intercessor who is working on our behalf no matter what the situation or the circumstances. As a result of the trials and sufferings we experience we learn how to be a helper, how to comfort in a way that makes a difference and how to intercede to the Father on behalf others who aren’t able to or don’t even know what to pray for in the midst of their needs. That’s what being the Church is all about. Family helping family by being a physical reflection of Jesus to them in their time of need. I can find joy in that!
So as you head into this weekend, whatever trials or sufferings you mind find yourself in purposefully look for ways to “count it all joy” and you will know how to be victorious in your suffering.
Blessings to you all.