Suffering: A Part of the Journey

Suffering: A Part of the Journey


1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.

Suffering and the Christian journey—these two aspects of life seem intertwined, yet they often catch us off guard. We nod in agreement when we hear sermons on taking up our cross and sharing in Christ’s suffering. We know that it’s part of our calling, yet when suffering arrives at our doorstep, it feels like an unwelcome guest.

In these moments it’s easy to misinterpret suffering as a sign of failure or a detour from the path we were meant to walk. However, the pages of the Bible reveal a different truth: suffering is an integral part of the journey.

Jesus Himself endured suffering as the Redeemer of a broken world and broken people. As His followers, we too will experience hardships because we live in an imperfect world and are, ourselves, imperfect. Suffering does not negate the promise of our future; instead, it refines and perfects it.

Walking with Christ means walking through the struggle as well. In the valley of suffering, we come to know Him in profound ways. He reveals His character, His love, and His faithfulness. We also discover who we truly are in Him. Our identity is not rooted in our circumstances but in the unchanging truth of being children of God.

Suffering shapes us, molding our hearts and minds to become more like Christ. It deepens our compassion for others and teaches us to rely on God’s strength rather than our own. The valleys of suffering may be difficult to endure, but they are not in vain. Through them, we find purpose, courage, and perseverance.

So, if you find yourself in the midst of suffering today, take heart. You are not alone, and your calling is not invalidated by the hardships you face. God is with you, leading you through the valleys, and perfecting His purpose in your life. Trust in His love and faithfulness, for in the depths of suffering, He is working to reveal the true beauty of His plan for you.


How can we remain steadfast in our faith and trust in God’s love and faithfulness during times of suffering?

In what ways can we support and encourage each other within our sisterhood when facing hardships, ensuring we remind one another of God’s purpose and plan?