It should be no surprise that our earthly pathway, as believers in Jesus, is marked by suffering (1 Peter 4:12-14). Some experience very little, and when it comes it is a nasty shock; for others the suffering is constant, only the intensity varies. Of course, suffering is a part of the fallen and rebellious world. We are not in the Garden of Eden, nor are we in heaven. Everywhere we look, something is not quite right, and affects us adversely, fulfilling the promises of Genesis 3. Such suffering is common to all people, whether they believe or not.