Helpful quote by David Powlison, Heart of the Matter, for pilgrims on the journey…
“God runs his universe in ways that are counterintuitive. There is a surprising door to joy—to face your suffering, to take hold of it instead of seeking to escape it.
To stop what you are doing and honestly say to God, “I feel all alone right now. I’m tired. I’m bored. I’m hurt. I’m worried and stressed. But I know you are with me. I know you are my true refuge. Help me!”
Worship in the Bible expresses two things to God: our pain and our pleasure. For example, some psalms suffer honestly: “O God, I am in anguish. Deliver me from my sufferings and my sins.” Other psalms delight honestly: “O my God, you are good. I thank you, worship you, and adore you.”
In 1 Peter 1, suffering is the context in which you experience “joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8 nasb). In James 1, trial is the context of purpose, endurance, meaning, and joy. In Romans 5:3, we are told that “we rejoice in our suffering.”
In the midst of sorrows, anguish, misery, and pain we come to know that “the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5 nasb).
Walking into suffering with eyes wide open opens the door to knowing the love of God.”