maturity isn't as simple as physical maturity. Spiritual maturity
requires suffering, difficult suffering. In Acts
we learn the way to enter the kingdom is through many tribulations.
These difficulties come in varies forms; health, finances, relationships.
pain, as well as others. Suffering could be defined as 'wanting what
you don't have OR having what you don't want.
account of Joseph begin mistreating by his brother is an example of
suffering. They sold him into slavery in Egypt. Subsequence
events placed him in Potiphar's house whose wife falsely accused him
followed by time in jail. Yet we learn what this was all about
50:20. It was God at work.
account of Daniel and his faithfulness to God and excellent service to
the king resulted in him being thrown into the lions den. This
trial and suffering resulted in God's name being exalted. Daniel
9:10-16 we learn that Paul's conversion also meant he will now
experience much suffering for the name of Christ.
Corinthians 12:7-10 tells of Paul's thorn in the flesh so that he
would not become conceited or exalted.
prayed that if there were another way that it would happen. It
didn't. Christ suffered on the cross.
of trials and sufferings:
examples above we learn that, as in the case of Joseph, God meant it
for good. In Daniel's case God's name was exalted. With
Paul we learn that God's power is made perfect in weakness.
Finally, we know why Christ suffered on the cross. It was for my
sins and yours. It was the only way to provide salvation.
is usually a mystery. If it was random we wouldn't ask
why. It is necessary for spiritual maturity.
let us accept God's work in us even when we don't understand.
Let us express gratitude that God is in control. Finally, faith
rests in the character of God.