Romans 8:18 "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
We have no right to expect the child of God to suffer. If Christ is our example...and if He suffered...shouldn't we suffer also?
Genesis 37:24 "And the took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it." Joseph had done nothing wrong yet his brothers wanted to kill him. Sometimes our troubles and trials are as a result of something we've done that we shouldn't have. There will also be times that we go through things that were no fault of ours. No matter the reason for our troubles...they are designed to teach us and to help us.
Joseph was a very good example to us. His brother first put him in a pit. You will not find him complaining or being critical of others because of his circumstances. After he was freed from the pit...he the then went to prison. Genesis 39:20 "And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison." This was also to no fault of his own. God was always with him though. Genesis 39:21 "But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison." He never left him or forsook him. We too have that promise. Hebrews 13:5b "...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
Joseph had no idea why he was going through what he was going through. Although it was very difficult...he remained faithful to the Lord. Eventually he ended up in the palace.
We all want the palace or God's blessings on our life but we aren't willing to go through the pit or the prison experience. We cannot have the palace experience without first going through the difficult times. If it weren't for those difficult times we would not appreciate the palace.
Not everyone makes it out of their difficulty. Sometimes God chooses not to deliver us from it. Some give up just short of the palace (God's blessing). Sometimes it is just meant for us to suffer.
Serving the Lord is not always easy or comfortable. But if we remain faithful to God...He will reward us. There is a ministry in going through our problems. There may be someone later on that will go through what you're going through. God desires for you to use the testimony of how God brought or is bringing you through to encourage them and help them.
Don't give up!! You may be in the pit or in the prison right now....but remain faithful and you will receive and experience the palace.