“so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;”
II Thessalonians 1:4-5 NKJV
The current suffering and tribulation of this time is not to be counted as a lost, or even a time to cower from the Word of God. You see, your patience and faith may be tried and tested but assuredly the perseverance and endurance built during this time shall be stronger than it was before. The Bible tells us that we go from glory to glory, faith to faith. Paul says that they boasted to other churches about endurance of the believers at Thessalonica. The Thessalonians kept their faith through the testing of trials. They were even said to be of the poorest Christian converts during that time.
Yes, suffering hurts! Yes, trials seem unbearable at times! However, it’s about the glory that God will receive! Enduring until the end, justly, we shall see the righteous right hand of God! He counts your sufferings as righteous and He repays you for it. Whether you see it in this life, the next or both, you shall see it. I’m a firm believer that Christ is an unbelievably loving and gracious Lord. You never have to worry about what it looks like because He promised to never leave us nor forsake us!
Remember that the teacher is sometimes quiet during the test. Not that they don’t care we may be struggling, but it’s a test for a reason. Keep your eyes stayed on Jesus and I promise He will soon reveal His glory through your suffering!