I was recently interviewed by the good people at the Biblical Counseling Coalition, and it is now up at their blog. Here's part of what I shared with them.
When we are walking through temptation, trial, affliction, or adversity we want relief. We need deliverance. But what God often grants us is grace to believe, endure, and persevere, and that is our escape. God’s promise to be with us and make us “more than conquerors” is not the promise of worldly comfort, but of divine comfort and hope that is beyond suffering and death. Now, this will only appeal to one who values Jesus Christ more than this life, and sees affliction as a means of transformation through the power of God as we believe. So, when we suffer we must take the posture of a learner who will look to and listen to God (in his word) when encountering such difficulty. Only then can we see beyond the affliction to our good God and his good purposes. See, for example, Psalm 73.
You can read the whole interview here.
By the way, if you aren't following the BCC blog, you should be.