God has a word to say to his people about “meaningless suffering.” Many of us have gone through tremendous suffering for which we see little or no purpose. Our hope is that we would see how “all things together for the good to those that love God” (Romans 8:28 NIV), yet often we don’t see how God brings good out of our suffering for a long time – maybe we won’t even see in this lifetime. In fact, many people suffering all around the world live and die without ever seeing any redemption or any real gain out of their suffering. How then can we find meaning and encouragement in our suffering in this life?
The Lord spoke to me, “No suffering is meaningless to me.” He showed me this Word: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” (Psalm 56:8 NLT). God said, “I treasure and cherish all of the sufferings of my saints. When you offer up your suffering to me, it is as fragrant, pleasing worship.” Our suffering moves, breaks the heart of God. What better purpose could anything in this life have than to minister to God, to touch God’s heart? Even if our suffering never seems to result in anything good in our lives or in the lives of others, we know that God cherishes us and is moved with compassion for whenever we suffer. God keeps track of all our sorrows. Not a single one of them will be wasted on God. For the believer, there is no such thing as meaningless suffering.