It’s easy to lose heart and quit. We have all faced problems in our relationships or in our schools that have caused us to think about laying everything down and walking away. Rather than giving up when persecution wears you down, concentrate on experiencing the inner strength of the Holy Spirit. Don’t let fatigue, pain, or criticism force you off the job. Renew your commitment to serving Jesus. Don’t forsake your eternal reward because the intensity of today’s pain. Your very weakness allows the resurrection power of Christ to strengthen you moment by moment.
Our troubles should not diminish our faith or disillusion us. We should realize that there is a purpose in our suffering.
Problems and human limitations have several benefits:
See your troubles as opportunities! Our ultimate hope when we are experiencing terrible illness, persecution, or pain is the realization that this life is not all there is – there is life after death. Knowing that we will live forever with God in a place without sin and suffering can help us rise above the pain that we face in this life.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
"Not only is all your affliction momentary, not only is all your affliction light in comparison to eternity and the glory there, but all of it is totally meaningful. Every millisecond of your pain, from the fallen nature or fallen man, every millisecond of your misery in the path of obedience is producing a peculiar glory you will get because of that. I don't care if it was cancer or criticism. I don't care if it was slander or sickness. It wasn't meaningless. It's doing something! It's not meaningless. Of course you can't see what He's doing. Don't look to what is seen. When your mom dies, when your kid dies, when you've got cancer at 40, when a car careens into the sidewalk and takes her out, don't say "that's meaningless!" It's not. It's working for you a eternal weight of glory. Therefore, therefore, do not lose heart. Take these truths and day by day focus on them. Preach them to yourself every morning. Get alone with God and preach His word into your mind until your heart sings with confidence that you are new and cared for." -John Piper