God's Long-Term Purpose - "Eternal Life"
When we face difficult circumstances, as Job did and as the Lord's disciples did (Matthew 19:29), we must never forget that the Lord's purpose is good and His long-term goal is our good - "eternal life" (Matthew 19:29). What is to be our attitude to suffering? - "My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in" (Proverbs 3:11-12). Whether our suffering arises from unfavourable circumstances or human hostility, we must never doubt that all of these things are under the control of God and are used by Him to make us more obedient to Him and more pleasing to Him.