Suffering is a catalyst, it’s the test-tube-time to see whether you already have the grace to take it by faith, or if it can turn you to grace and cause you to call upon God.
Suffering always does one of these three things: It purifies and humbles and cleanses the saved and draws us even closer to God; it turns some of the unsaved to God and brings them to repentance and Salvation as in their suffering they cry unto the Lord; and then, finally, it causes some to curse God all the more and therefore be all the more deserving of His judgements.
The Lord allows the Enemy to test people and often the Devil brings suffering on people hoping they will blame it all on God and turn against Him. The Enemy tries to point an accusing finger at the Love of God, hoping they will “curse God and die” as Job’s wife advised him to do. But the Lord is hoping that they will endure in faith and trust Him anyway, and say with Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him!” (Job 13:15).
Lord, help us to let our sorrows and sufferings bring out the best in us! In Jesus’ name, Amen!