Mosiah 24:14 “I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs…that you may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.”
Again and again God has miraculously delivered his people from suffering and even certain death. But holy writ also attests that he does not always do so. On many occasions he chooses to strengthen us in the midst of our troubles rather that remove us from them. There are lessons to be learned, experiences to be acquired, compassion and empathy to be developed through suffering. James wrote: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into many afflictions; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” To be sure, few of us would pray for trials, for trials come into our lives without our invitation. At the same time, an elevated perspective upon our difficulties will aid us in our understanding of how God is making us more and more like him. We are then able to bear witness of the power of deliverance that comes into our lives through seeking the Holy One of Israel.