The Tough Stuff: Why Does God Let us Suffer?
Life can be rough.
Just as we begin to get comfortable in cruise control, an unexpected detour almost always seems to follow, causing us to grip the wheel & slam on the breaks.
Sometimes we can immediately see good in these unexpected places in which we praise God for His blessings.
But more often than not His blessings are not the unexpected detours, but rather the RESULT of them.
These twists & turns are just that - twists and turns. Trials. Challenges. Not easily navigated. In the midst of the detour, it can be unbelievably hard to see the purpose or the good that could possibly result.
But it always does.
There is always a purpose to trials & suffering of every kind (James 1:2). Scripturally there are 3 main reasons for suffering:
1. Suffering is God's way of perfecting us
2. Suffering is a means of spreading the Gospel
3. In persevering through suffering we see God
So, whether our suffering perfects our faith, gives us opportunity to identify with Christ & be His witness, or reveals the face of God & a deeper trust in Him, the trials we face bring beautiful gospel growth when it's all said and done.
If this is true, then why do we worry?
It is absolutely critical to remember this beautiful truth: when you are sifted, when you face great trials & temptations, Christ & the Holy Spirit intercede for you through prayer. You may grow in perseverance because each trial first passes through Christ's prayer & the merciful hand of God (Hebrews 7:25). Today, I encourage you to take all the ups & downs, the twists & turns, & all of the detours in your path and hand over the worries that stir in your heart to the Lord.
Cling to Romans 8:28: He works all things together for our good and His glory.