“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Psalm 119:50)
We think about suffering in its most dramatic form: illness, death, poverty, trauma. But many of us fail to see that suffering can also be the “small things,” the hurts and aches of everyday life that we tell ourselves are normal or unimportant.
The physical pain of a deteriorating body. The emotional pain of a broken relationship. Loneliness. Fatigue. Overwhelm. These things may not seem as powerful as a lost loved one or someone’s battle with cancer, but they are still suffering of another kind.
So don’t pass over verses like this one just because you think they are not for you. These are, in fact, just for you. Because when we are truly suffering, no earthly comfort can compare with that of heaven. The peace and hope that God has offered each and every one of us is all the more precious when we are hurting.
As you get ready to start your week, lift up your sufferings in prayer. Offer them to your heavenly Father, that he may ease your pain and provide a balm of comfort to your soul. He has made promises to us as his children and we can be certain that he will not let us down.