1Peter 4:12 - 13 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Suffering is simply another affirmation of sonship. It is this suffering that demonstrates not only the power of God but also his never-ending love. But the love of God is something we often miss due to us being so caught up in our present situation. Jesus, the Son of God, endured the ultimate suffering, he was like a lamb to the slaughter, who, having all the power of God inside of him remained on that Cross to bear the price of sins he never committed. And from this sacrifice, the world was able to see the love of God.
As a son, whenever you go through a trial, you are put on display to all those in your sphere of influence. Despite what they say, they are looking to you to prove Christ. How can you say God is your provider if you never had to be in a situation where he needs to provide for you? How can you say that he is your comforter if he never needed to console you? How can you say that he’s given you a peace that surpasses all understanding if in every situation you act as the world does in times of adversity? We cannot let our situation dictate who God is in our lives because He is bigger than that and he is still God despite whatever it is you’re going through. His love and thoughts towards you have not changed and neither should yours towards Him.
As harsh as some of the trials we go through are, God requires that we bear it. There is no shortcut. As Christ is, so are we. So if Christ suffered, we must also. However, the end of a trial yields an amazing testimony and experience of God that only you can have. Which means you have yet another reason to praise him. You have a praise that only you and He can understand. So, buckle, up and praise him through your storm!