Discouragement or disappointment can be a good thing if it leads us deeper. No one needs “quicksand,” dead end, “I’m done,” despair. It can lead to destructive behavior, addictive habits or suicide. But if inner hopelessness or depression prompts us to climb out of a deep hole, that is positive. Will it drive us closer to God?
Job’s suffering was used for good. He came to grips with his pride (Job 42.1-8). He grew from the experience. God blessed him greatly afterwards! You cannot outgive God. Deep suffering can cause the thoughtful soul to reflect more deeply on his spiritual condition. Deep suffering might be an x-ray revealing an unknown need. Some one said that the body does not undergo anything that the spirit cannot profit from.
“Then Job replied to the Lord: ‘I know that you can do anything, and no on can stop You.’ You ask, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I. And I was talking about things that I did not understand, things far too wonderful for me. . . . I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” (Job 42.1-3,6 NLT).
When feeling really low, Satan can whisper that God has deserted us. No, He has not but He does have extra credit, upper level seminars and backslider boot camps. Some people evidently can’t be reached any other way. Crises hopefully precipitate change, growth.
Was Daniel ultimately blessed by going through the lions’ den experience? Did that strengthen his faith in God’s provision? Deliverance? But was it painful at the time? Of course.
“Jesus, give me the grace for this trial I am going through. Right now I claim victory. I stand believing that You can work it out . . in your wisdom, your power and your timing. Use it for my ultimate good. I stand on this spiritual warfare promise: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Phil 4.13 NAS).
No one likes to suffer. I don’t. But because God allows suffering we know that He can use it. It has purpose. “The secret is Christ in me, not me in different circumstances,” – unknown.