The Suffering that Shapes Us

Michael Beck

“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:10,11)

Pain is part of life. God did not become a man who would live above the experience of pain. Jesus drank the cup of suffering with us and for us.

Before Christ comes into a life it must suffer alone. After Christ enters we have a merciful and compassionate High Priest who we resort to in times of pain and suffering. He helps us to heal and overcome every wrong response to suffering.

There is one event common to all of us; but there are two paths that we can take. One is the path to godliness, the other the path to wickedness. If we suffer with Christ we become like God. If we suffer without Christ we become like the devil.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.