1. To correct us.
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
“Pain is the megaphone God uses to get our attention.” -C S Lewis
2. To perfect us.
1 Peter 1:6, 7
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith… may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
3. To prepare our hearts for heaven.
4. To reveal to us what we really love.
1 John 2:15, 16
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does– comes not from the Father but from the world.
5. To enable us to better encourage others.
2 Corinthians 1:4-5
God comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
6. To keep us from relying on ourselves.
2 Corinthians 1:8, 9a
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.