John the Baptist preached the truth, and for that he suffered imprisonment from King Herod. A question that often arises out of suffering is, “Why does God allow the Christian to suffer?” After all when we became a Christian we were not looking to join the suffering Olympics, but we find that as Christians we do suffer.
2Corinthians 1 gives us several answers to our question. The first answer is found in verse 4, “So that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” There is a saying that, “Bruises attract one another.” The saying means that from our suffering we learn to comfort another who is suffering.
Another reason we are allowed to suffer is seen just a few verses later, “That we might not rely on ourselves, but on God” (9). This means that God allows us to suffer so that we will not trust ourselves, but learn to trust in God. It has been said, “Our self-pride is smashed most effectively when suffering happens.”
A third reason for suffering is found in verse 11, “Then many will give thanks” (11). It has also been said that, “Pain plants the flag of reality in the fortress of a rebel’s heart.” When God wants to do an impossible task, He takes an impossible individual and allows him to suffer. The best example of this is Paul on the road to Damascus in Act 9.