I didn’t actually write this list… it is from a post by Nella Camille from a study on the Rebelution forums about the book Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I have always remembered it, though, and wanted to look up all the verses for it… and this post reminded me of the list. So, here it is. 🙂
1) To stimulate spiritual growth (Hebrews 12:11)
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
2) To point out sin in our lives (James 5)
3) To show us God’s faithfulness (Psalm 119:75)
I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
4) The strengthening of our faith as gold (1 Peter 1:7)
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
5) To work through trials for our good and showing us His commitment to us throughout the stages of salvation (Romans 8:28-30)
28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
6) To discipline us (Hebrews 12:5-12)
5And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
7) To prove our character and show God’s greatness (Job)
8 ) To help us sympathize with others (2 Corinthians 1:6)
6And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
9) To help us rely more on God (2 Corinthians 1:9)
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10) To encourage prayer (2 Corinthians 1:11)
11Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
11) To humble us (2 Corinthians 12:7)
7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
12) To perfect Christ’s power in us (2 Corinthians 12:9)
9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
13) To produce steadfastness (James 1:3)
3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.