Prayer Journey — Fruit from Suffering

I do not always understand your ways dear Lord. I do not see your purpose in suffering; the reason for our pain. In the deepest, darkest days of despair, when I plead for an explanation, it is difficult to see anything good in it. Yet this week you blessed me with a glimpse of purpose as I shared my experience with someone else suffering a similar pain. In the moment, in the tears, in the sharing, I could see some fruit born out of the suffering. I praise you Lord for this small insight into your purposes. May my faith grow deeper as I learn to trust you. May I trust that you can bear fruit for your kingdom out of the ashes of our pain.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4 (NASB)

12 thoughts on “Prayer Journey — Fruit from Suffering

  1. Thank you also for being inspiring and offering such good thought and commentary! Yes, a vessel to fill with His glory and love beyond our comprehension! I’m glad to help if I can. God Bless You and Yours.

  2. Beautiful piece and the entire Blog! I may be oversimplifying, but, I just thought how it does seem apparent to me that God has all of these multitudes of souls that He knows completely and is tweaking each of us to grow in accordance with His plan and designs, not ours, as we can hardly see the forest for the trees; we are and should be in His loving hands! “The Master Potter!”

  3. Thank you for sharing that. My heart aches for others who know the pain of suffering well. May you experience fruit from that pain that encourages you. Blessings.

  4. Yes, He strengthens us as He tests us. The trials are a test of our faith. Just as we test a child when he/she is taught whatever must be learned, God tests us. ” . . . that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. whom having not seen you love . . ..” (1 Peter 1:7 and 8). Thank you for commenting! Have a Blessed Day!

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