The Bible declares that the believer will partake of the sufferings of Christ. That this is in their best interests. That the believer will partake of the glory when they have also suffered like their predecessor Jesus. Jesus has gone before us, we are to follow him. Job declares that he knew of God, he had heard of him previously, but when Job suffered he stated he then saw God, gained understanding, and abhorred himself for his complaint against God.
Job suffered when he stood alone in his faith. His friends contradicted him, his wife encouraged him to curse God. Job experienced the loss of his family, his children, his friends, his possessions, his standing and respect in the community. He stayed faithful to God, and afterward was richly rewarded by God in this life, and I am confident, in the life to come. In the kingdom of God. How could Job be happy with what God gave him after he had experienced such devastating losses? God makes it possible. Our further understanding makes it possible. God’s work in us makes it possible. The Bible says that with God nothing is impossible.
The New Testament says that we need to arm ourselves with this knowledge of the believer suffering. It is happening in the world today and believers in the western nations don’t understand it. Arm yourselves with this mind, the Bible says. Christ suffered, and so you can expect that you will suffer as well. Are you greater than your teacher, the Bible says?
Do we suffer in a vacuum away from God? No, God is with us. He makes it possible. He provides. It is not easy, but the suffering will end. Paul states that if it is God’s will that you suffer for a period of time endure it like a good soldier of Jesus Christ. These are teachings that are lost to the western church doctrines in our day. It should open our eyes as to who is a true leader of God’s people in our day and times.