We can profit from our pain & suffering because the God of all Grace uses these things to draw us closer to Him and to make us complete in Him (James 1:4). In his book, The Mute Christian Under The Smarting Rod, the Puritan writer Thomas Brookes offers the following observation. “God, who is infinite in wisdom and matchless in goodness, hath ordered our troubles, yea, many troubles to come trooping in upon us on every side. As our mercies, so our crosses seldom come single; they usually come treading one upon the heels of another; they are like April showers, no sooner is one over but another comes. It’s mercy that every affliction is not an execution, every correction not a damnation. The more the afflictions, the more the heart is raised heavenward.” As long as we live in this world, there will be battles. As long as we are here, there will be suffering. However, while our suffering might bring pain and sorrow, they also serve to make us grow in the Lord. Thus, they are a gift, just as 1 Pet. 5:6-7 says they are.