If God loves us and promised us the best, there has to be more than what is here….which means that there is something better on the other side.
I think when we suffer, we somehow become awakened to reality of something greater or we tend to search for something greater to ease the pain. When we suffer I think we feel alone and it leads to depression on top of the issue causing the suffering. To feel like we have no hope during suffering can be a main cause for our inevitable search for the eternal.
I think suffering gets our attention to be focused on God. When we are in a condition to have no other choice but to think of eternity, our minds turn to what happens after this life. Eternity is hardwired in us. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says “He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
Sometimes we need the reality check of suffering to understand that our time on earth is short.
When the pain is so bad that we cannot tolerate it, there is only one way out: hope . Our hope is for a place where that pain cannot reach.
Suffering shows us just how small and fragile we really are and how nothing on this earth is for certain. It helps us to see that even though our lives on earth are temporary, we have something eternal to look forward to.
When we face suffering we realize that we are not immortal. We realize that we have very little control over our lives. We have to come to terms that we are weak. This then leads us to see that we can not control our ultimate fate which is fleshly death. We have to ask ourselves Why? Why is this happening? It gets us thinking about life and the meaning of life. Which ultimately leaves us thinking about death and eternity.
Suffering brings us to the point of thinking about death realistically. This causes us to think about what comes next. Do we want it to just be blank or do we want it to be something meaningful and better than life as we know it. We are confronted with want it means to be dead. We have to recognize that death is real.
When we as humans enter a season of suffering it brings us to the realization of our need for God and the promise of eternity.
Suffering inspires us to consider whether what we see is really all that there is. We begin to ponder questions of the whys and wherefores of existence.