Peter wrote; Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same mind.
The pathway of suffering lead’s you to God’s glory. We all experience the sweetness of Christ’s suffering. We become discouraged, wonder why bad things happen to us, to others.
- We are not sadistic!
- We don’t ever enjoy the pain.
- We still cry when we are hurt
- We still get discouraged when we are rejected
- We still wonder why bad things are happening to us or to others.
Hard times still feel unnatural and unpleasant, but when we mature in Christ, we come to understand that this is exactly the path Jesus Himself chose for His own glorification.
Jesus chose a manger, not a Hilton. He grew up in a carpenter’s home, not a home of great wealth. He lived among the common people instead of natural-born leaders. He chose a cross of weakness not a throne of power. He was crucified to the chagrin of his disciples. The weakness proved to the pathway to the power of God.
Jesus invites us to the very same path! Jesus invites us to pick up our cross and follow Him!
On the Day Jesus arose from the dead the disciples were walking down the Road to Emmaus. Jesus joined them but hid His identity to them. He said; “Oh slow of heart. Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer all these things and then to enter into His glory?”
On some level, it’s the same for us! When we suffer, we taste the sweetness of Christ’s own suffering and it’s a necessary part of our own development and growth.
 1 Peter 4:12-14 MSG