As I was communing with the Lord tonight, He spoke to me concerning the things which I am suffering, namely, having a full time job while my heart yearns to be with Him full time in intercession and discovering the Heart of God. A couple hours a day is awesome, but it isn’t always enough.
So often I leave work simply desperate to be with Him — this is someone who used to be lukewarm, cold, and indifferent. I have prayed for hunger.
The Lord told me that He is teaching me to hunger through these (extremely minor in an absolute sense, yet still very real on the heart level) sufferings. And through my hunger, He is teaching me obedience:
I will prompt you and lead you to find the place of rest and refreshing that I have set up for you. But if you ignore My promptings, you will miss the time of visitation and will not be able to find that place. Be alert, and have your heart open to enter in to My presence.
And little things like that. So,
Suffering -> Hunger -> Obedience
Which takes us to the scripture:
Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.