Suffering affects each and every one of us in this world. As a result of sin in the garden of Eden, mankind has endured physical labor, affliction, and heartache. Suffering is no respecter of persons.It’s easy to think “Why me?” But I’ve heard of many folks who ask instead “Why not me?” No one is exempt and as I mentioned earlier this week, Jesus suffered in every possible way to pay the price for sin. Until he comes again, this world will hold suffering. We can bank on it. But one of the reasons suffering is so difficult to endure is because it is intimate and personal.
I wanted to focus my mind on the truth of Scripture and not the lies Satan tries to throw my way about suffering. Today I thought I would share these Bible verses on suffering to help all of us remember the suffering is temporary. As we’ve read in the Pure Joy Bible reading challenge this month already, weeping may endure for the night but joy, yes, JOY comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5) Grip these verses of truth to prepare for or continue walking the valley of suffering.
17 Bible Verses on Suffering
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NLT
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows,and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:3&4
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. I Peter 5:10
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans 8:35
that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:3
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. Romans 8:18
And I feel like Paul as I leave you with these two verses:
For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it. Philippians 1:29&30 NLT
Hang tight to the promises of God today and every day, whether in joy or suffering!
By his grace,