We all go through difficult times in our lives. We would be lying if we said we didn’t! There’s something important for us to understand: Being Christians doesn’t mean we’re going to have an easy time of it. No, we’re still going to go through the same problems the rest of the world does, and maybe more. But things are different for us, because we have God there to keep us going. It can still be difficult to understand why these things happen, though, but the most important thing is to trust in Him.
I’m going to start by saying that I don’t know what you’re going through. Most likely, I don’t even know you, and even if I did, I wouldn’t know the daily trials that you face in your life. But God? That’s a different story. He knows what’s going on in your life. Whatever happens to you, it didn’t take Him by surprise; He already knew it was going to happen.
This can be confusing. You may ask, “Why does God let bad things happen to us?” It’s a good question that has different answers and, quite honestly, I don’t know them all, or even most or some of them. One reason troubles come is to help us grow in Christ. If we had an easy life, we would think that we didn’t need God, but we do! Without Him, we have no hope. We wouldn’t have the joy of spending eternity with Him; rather, we would experience the sorrow of being forever separated from our God. An easy life leads to forgetting the presence of God in our lives, and our desperate need for Him. Would you rather have an easy time of it here, or eternal life in heaven? I think the answer is pretty obvious.
When it came to trusting God, Job probably had the toughest time of it. If you don’t know his story, take a look (he has his own book in the Bible!). Hard times definitely came for Job, and He had no idea why. It was, in fact, a test; and he passed it with flying colors. He accepted bad from God as well as good (Job 2:10), and trusted that whatever God was doing, it was for his ultimate good. You see, a lot of times, we won’t know what God is up to. This is where trust comes in. Do you trust that, whatever is happening, God only wants the best for you? Because that is exactly what He wants.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
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