This quote will transform your view of suffering in this life and the next:

“So why do bad things happen to good people? The more basic question is: Why is hell awaiting good people? The Bible’s sobering answer is that we are not good. God is just to send his rebellious creatures to hell— thus, he is fair to start that hell in this life. But there’s a hidden mercy here. By tasting hell in this life we are driven to ponder what may face us in the next. In this way, our trials may be our greatest mercies. For some of us, they become God’s roadblocks on our headlong rush to hell. The depressed young homemaker reaches for an answer. The cancer-ridden patient makes peace with his Creator. The ladder-climbing executive slips and falls into the arms of God.”

Paul chimes in with his soothing words in I Corinthians 4:

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

As one author put it, “Suffering keeps swelling our feet so earth’s shoes will not fit.”

Without eternity in view, every wince, bump, bruise, and tragedy is random, capricious, and unfair.  Look up.  Look to God.  Yes He is the “allower” of your pain, but He is also the One who want you to be His blessed and enlightened audience.

The spirit of this post is not to minimize your pain but to magnify the voice of God to you with His gospel and His glory.  In the word of C.S. Lewis, “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

Tada, Joni Eareckson (2010-06-22). When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty (p. 166). Zondervan.