Additional notes about suffering. These thoughts are more like opinions – not particularly based on scriptures.
Sometimes we suffer because we may have prayed awry and God gives us our way even though it is not best. When Rachel gave birth to Joseph, she prayed “May God give to me another son..” (Gen. 30:22-24) God did answer that prayer but Rachel died in childbirth (Gen. 25:16-18) Also consider Psalm 106:15 NIV “So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them.”
Advancements in medical science has done wonders in keeping life and health to people; however, that sometimes results in suffering when life is extended in this way. I choose life but this situation calls for much wisdom! (This is too big a subject for this blog, but I welcome your thoughts and comments.)
Without battles, there would be no victories. Consider the words from an Andre Crouch song “If I never had a problem, I’d never know that God could solve them..” I recommend a blog by Heather Holbrook called “This is a test.” I love her ending statement. “But when I look back on my life, I do enjoy the sense of victory over a challenge that came my way. So, I guess I am thankful for both – the peace and the battles.” https://heatherholbrook.com/2018/08/14/this-is-a-test/