The Divine Current | Deep Dive Week 3 “Divine Suffering”

Corbin Riley   -  

In the journey of faith, suffering often presents itself as a daunting challenge, one that can shake the very foundations of our beliefs. However, within the Christian tradition, there is a perspective that views suffering not as a punitive measure from a stern deity, but as a form of divine preparation. This view is beautifully encapsulated in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, where the Apostle Paul speaks of the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

This passage suggests that our trials are not random acts of misfortune but are part of a larger, divine tapestry. They are moments that shape us, mold our character, and equip us with empathy and understanding. Through our own experiences of suffering, we are prepared to be vessels of God’s comfort to others, extending the same solace we have been granted.

It is a profound and transformative way to view the hardships we encounter. Instead of asking “Why me?” we are encouraged to ask “What now?”—to look beyond our circumstances and see the potential for growth and service. Our suffering becomes a means through which we can participate in the lives of others, not as distant observers, but as fellow travelers acquainted with grief and acquainted with grace.

So, as we reflect on our own paths and the hurdles we’ve overcome, let us consider this: How might our experiences of suffering be preparing us to be agents of comfort in the lives of those around us? Always improve the present moment.