Pastor Tim Romero
Psalm 22:14–15 (ESV): "14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; 15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death."
Suffering is a necessary part of life that God uses for His glory and our good. Thankfully Jesus suffered so that our suffering could have a purpose.
Continuing on in what is often referred to as the psalm of the suffering servant, David makes it plain the invaluable suffering of Jesus. When a person was crucified, the nails on their wrists would cause paralysis of the chest muscles making it impossible to breathe. The only way to catch a breath was to push up on the nail that pinned the feet. Every breath was excruciating. David goes on to say Jesus was so parched on the cross that His tongue stuck to His jaw. He suffered so greatly but so necessarily.
Don't think for a second that your suffering goes without purpose. Paul said suffering is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory (2 Cor 4:17-18). Whatever God us allowing He is using to transform and change us into the image of Christ. As you suffer Christian, never forget Christ suffer far worse so your suffering could have a purpose. Rejoice as Paul said in Romans 5:3–5 (ESV): "3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."
Father, we thank You that we are in Your hand and that we cannot experience any amount of suffering without Your allowance. Help us then, to let the suffering You allow to accomplish its purpose. May we trust You through every tear and moment of pain knowing there is purpose and end. Have Your way in us we pray in Jesus, amen.