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How your suffering can lead to hope


November 10, 2010

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5

There was a little boy who had a pet caterpillar. One day he saw the caterpillar making a silk cocoon and asked, "Mommy, what's he doing?" So his mom replied, "He's going to sleep for awhile in his cocoon and become a butterfly!"

Eventually, the hard cocoon began to shake and the new butterfly began to break through. As the boy and his mom watched, he said, "That looks so hard. I want to help him!" "No," the mom said, "If you help him, he won't be strong enough to fly when he gets out and he'll die. It's the struggle that makes him strong."

When you encounter difficulties in your life, your immediate reaction can be, "God, get me out of this!" But like that butterfly, it's the struggle that gives you the strength to live a life of character that God wants.

And that character is what produces the hope that you have. Suffering helps you to view your life in light of eternity, knowing that the hard times you face today are only temporary.

So when you are brought to a season of suffering in your life, understand that it's meant to build a longing in you for a day when all suffering will cease… when God makes all things right! 


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