"For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!" (2 Corinthians 4:17)
Have you considered the purpose of your pain? It's not for nothing!
This verse makes clear that our difficulties produce, "an immeasurable
great glory that will last forever". Imagine that! The crisis that
you've just come through, or perhaps that you are coming through, is
producing glory that you will experience forever.
James explains it this way, "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)
God uses trials to perfect us. I often say that our painful
experiences either makes us better or bitter. We get to choose how we
react to problems.
Today, lets trust God with our issues. Should you find yourself
struggling, remember this verse, and instead of getting grumpy or
depressed, begin to give God thanks for the good He is doing in your
life. Don't get bitter! Get better!