TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11
As we continue looking at the suffering that the Church at Smyrna faced, we find that another reason why God allows suffering in our lives is as a test in order that we might learn obedience. We can never truly know if we believe what we say we believe until those beliefs are put through the trying fires of suffering and tribulation. It is one thing to say that we have faith in God at a time when all is going well for us. It is one thing to obey God when we are not faced with temptation or being tested by circumstances or other people. But it is another thing to maintain faith and obedience when it seems like nothing is going well for us and we are facing difficulty on every side.