Revelation 7:14–17 (NLT)
14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white. 15 “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter. 16 They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. 17 For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Of course this vision of those who come out of great suffering has many interpretations. I think that we can at least say this much: Suffering is a part of being a follower of Christ. V14 seems to make some connection between being washed in the blood of the Lamb and going through great suffering. Paul said in Romans 8 that if we suffer with Him we will reign with Him. Thus, the blessings described in Rev 7:15-17 (i.e. receiving shelter, never being hungry or thirsty, never being scorched by the heat of the sun, receiving life-giving water, and never crying again) are given to those who suffer with Christ.
I must remember that suffering is normal for me as a follower of Christ.
O God, help me in the middle of suffering to remember this!