To start us out, here are some things I've been thinking about lately. For those of us who are Christians, we will always be able to give thanks. Following Christ isn't easy, in fact, we are guaranteed that we will suffer in one way or another if we do give our lives to Christ. I know of Christians who have suffered, and who are currently suffering unspeakably horrible things. But as Christians, we really can "give thanks in all things". Because will never experience the worst.
1. We will never suffer alone.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. Isaiah 43:2
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses. Hebrews 4:15a
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
2. We will never suffer fruitlessly.
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 2 Cor. 4:17
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Rom 8:28
3. Our suffering is temporary.
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10
Thank you Lord Jesus that whatever happens, I will always have something to thank You for!