Are You Experienceing Senseless Suffering?

Senseless, in this article, is a reference to there being no apparent logical reason for the suffering. In our text (i.e., I Pet. 5:8-11), Peter first of all urges his readers to resist the devil. And then he haves them to know that God will restore them, after they have suffered a little while.

We don’t spend much time talking about resisting the devil. And every now and then we need to remind ourselves that we all must suffer, but we have some hope also. In this devotional series, I want to suggest that we should work on resisting and suffering with hope.

In this particular devotional, let’s focus on how suffering can be senseless. Even though there is a portion of suffering that comes from reaping, there is some that seems so irrational to us.

Matthew 5:45 teaches that God causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Psalms 34:19 teaches that the righteous suffer many afflictions.

There are those who have given their best in marriage and child rearing, and the marriage still ended in divorce, and the children still turned out to be wayward.

There are those who have given their best to being godly singles, and they still suffer lonely moments and bouts of depression.

There are those who have given serious effort to building their church and community, but yet the church suffers from fragile infrastructure and our neighborhoods suffer from having too much violence and too little love. Too many people are losing their homes to predatory lending.

There are those who have tried to eat right, exercise, and follow the doctor’s instructions, but yet diabetes, hypertension, and even cancer has crept into their bodies. Some of our suffering is not because of reaping, but just what appears to be random suffering.

If you are experiencing what appears to be irrational suffering, don't give up. Romans 8:28 teaches that all things are working together for the good of God's people.

You may not be able to understand it or see how any good is going to come out of your situation, but if you simply trust God to work things out for His people, God has a way of making a way out of no way at all. If we were in church, this is where I would say, "can I get a witness (smile)"?

Self Examination
List things that you are going through that may fit under the label of "senseless suffering."

What are you going to do about what appears random suffering in your life?

Prayer
Great and awesome God, I praise You for being a God who is more powerful than any satanic influence that I will ever encounter. I thank You for Your marvelous plan for Your people. I thank You for saving me and allowing me to be numbered among Your people.

I confess that I have felt like giving up and even doubted You, when I have experienced what appeared to be irrational suffering. Please forgive me for these and my many other sins, in the name of Jesus.

Please help me to trust You to work things out at the right time for Your people. Thank You, in the name of Your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Please complete the feedback form below.

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