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  • Dr. Charles F. Stanley
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By Charles Stanley, Christian Post Contributor
April 7, 2014|1:50 pm

John 16:33

Scripture teaches a number of practical lessons about suffering. First, it's okay to ask for a different road, as Jesus did, but we should choose God's will above all. Our best response to adversity is, "God, what do You want me to learn?"

Second, on the night He was betrayed, Jesus asked close friends to stay awake and pray. We need support and godly relationships, especially during trials. Genuine friends will speak truth kindly and encourage us in Christ. They will also faithfully lift us up in prayer.

Third, it's natural to struggle with prayer when pain is intense. During those times, a simple "Help me," is sufficient. God wants us to acknowledge His Lordship, but He does not expect us to have perfect words. He knows what we need before we ask, and He is able to give us far more than that.

Fourth, we should resist the temptation to blame. Jesus was betrayed and rejected, yet He asked God to forgive those who crucified Him. Likewise, we shouldn't blame others for our hurt. By turning to God during tough times, we're choosing to trust His ultimate authority. Our Father may not have caused the hardship, but He allowed it. And He will use it for His glory and our good.

The key to suffering is remembering that God is in control and always with His children. In love, He allows pain, but He also places a limit on its length and intensity. You do not hurt apart from the presence of Him who will sustain, help, and eventually bring you through your distress.

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