Joy is possible! The time is now!!
God's people's immense suffering, trials, and challenging times are throughout the Bible (e.g., Joseph, Job, Daniel, Jesus). Through suffering, God teaches humility, character, and obedience by revealing that self-reliance is futile. That is to say, the difficulties experienced lead believers to pursue comfort in Him to understand that worldly things will not soothe.
The ultimate purpose of anguish is attaining a more profound understanding of Jesus' suffering on man's behalf, leading to meaningful fellowship and union with Him. Thus, God's grace through the death and resurrection of His only Son transforms hearts and ultimately gives glory to God Almighty.
A Christian can benefit from difficulties and heartaches by regarding these adverse events as a part of the sanctification process. A biblical lens presents suffering as a requisite experience luring people closer to God. God utilizes periods of weakness to refine and perfect areas in life such as spiritual growth, wisdom, and character (James 1:2–4; Romans 5:3–6).
In times of suffering, believers seek comfort in the Holy Spirit (Tan, 2013; e.g., see John 14:16-17). Christians depend on the Triune God to offer grace through the exposure of a unique comfort that only God (through the Holy Spirit) can provide. Through the trials and tribulations in life, the emphasis becomes reliance upon God and sharing in the fellowship of Christ's sufferings (see Philippians 3:10).
The sufferer becomes radically dependent on God, turning away from comfort based upon passing emotions and worldly offerings. This level of brokenness is precious to God and essential in embracing the reality that hope and security can only be found in Jesus in this insecure, broken world. Ultimately, this affirms that without Christ, we can do nothing (e.g., see John 15:5), and believers are formed for the glory of God (e.g., see Isaiah 43:7).
My goal in Biblical Counseling is to help you walk through your suffering with all this in mind.