Sometimes God allows affliction, trials and even suffering in our lives. It might tempt us to wonder. How could God allow this?
It’s hard for us to imagine God would allow these things for our own good, but that is in fact what the bible teaches. God allows trials and struggles. These struggles mold us, they shape us into the people we are today.
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Psalm 119:71 KJV
The Psalmist claims the purpose of his affliction is that he might learn the ways of God’s statutes. Sometimes these troubles and afflictions cause us to draw even closer to God. We realize we can no longer rely on ourselves and our own abilities. Therefore, we draw near to God for protection for grace and mercy. For this, the Psalmist says “it is good.”
The apostle Peter tells us it should not surprise us when trouble comes, but we should instead rejoice. I will admit, this is a very difficult teaching. However, this does not mean the teaching isn’t true, it just means it’s hard to swallow. Especially if you are amid a trial right now.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.” 1 Peter 4:12-14 KJV
If it is possible, and through the grace of Messiah, it is. May we take a new view of our struggles and disappointments. May we take a step back and ask. What is God trying to teach me right now? Draw near to Him and you will find peace and He will guide you through the storm.
“I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.” Psalm 119:75 KJV