Does Suffering Have A Purpose?
I wish to share this experience with my fellow Brethren and Sisters:
“Boy rescues a lady from a burning house.” A fire
broke in a grass thatched house in my local village, Uriri. Many
people rushed to the scene and tried to put the fire out. One man
began to shout as he saw an old lady through the window. I tried to
rush into the burning house. A few minutes later I hurriedly walked
out carrying the old lady. She was still alive though severely burnt.
I was also badly burnt.
We were rushed to the hospital where we were treated at the Burns
Unit. The old lady ‘Matandarua’ was able to leave hospital earlier
than me. I stayed for almost four months. I have to carry the scars
all my life. My greatest happiness is that Matandarua was saved.
Matandarua visited me in the hospital and the villagers prayed for me.
1 Peter 1:6-8 says: Be glad about this, even though it may be
necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of
trials you suffer. Their purpose is to prove that your faith is
genuine. Even gold which can not be destroyed is tested by fire! And
so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be
tested so that it may endure. Then you will receive glory and praise
on the day when Jesus will be revealed (John 15:1-6). From this I came
to learn that suffering strengthens our faith in Jesus. When we
suffer, we learn many things about ourselves. Suffering is then for a
good purpose, since we learn to be more patient and to trust in.
Bro. Moses Maleya (Suna, Kenya)