We have opportunities every day to move towards the goal of Christlikeness and pleasing God in all the activities of our day.
How is it possible to serve when you are suffering? How could Christ serve in the presence of suffering, and how could He command us to do the same?
God may well have purposely planned for us to go down a hard path for the purpose of building spiritual strength and endurance in us.
He who provided for you in the past will provide for you in the future.
God is the agent of our hope, and He cannot be thwarted. What He promises, must be accomplished.