No one really can ever explain the answer to the ‘why’ questions on this side of heaven.
Throughout the Bible, we see God’s righteous judgments, His Holiness and His compassion. We see His compassion to David in the Psalms, and we see His absolute love for us in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.
We see hardship throughout as well, yet, if we pay attention, we see one thing which is present in most of those hardships. Faith. Faith and dependence on God.
For myself, I have been in places especially since being born again in Christ where I have had to trust and depend solely on the Lord, because there were things that no human had the power to change. At some times, when I have been at the end of my rope, at the end of myself, God has been the only One who has delivered me.
Like so many in the Bible, I have seen the works of God, yet when things get better for a little while, I tend, like so many, to slip back into the comfort zone of just doing my own thing, which always seems to end in a mess.
For me, as it is with all believers, it is through adversity and the darkest times when we come closer to the Lord. It is through the trials in our lives where our Father is telling us to “Be still and know that I AM God.” It is through our heart aches and breaks that He uses them to develop our faith and trust in Him.
We are not just fighting a physical earthly battle for good, we are meant to fight in the spiritual battle that has gone on unseen around us since the day man fell into sin. Christians in the west for the most part have never had to deal with or suffer real persecution that our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world have suffered. We need to be able to cope with adversity, especially in spiritual battles. Things are happening in our country and around the world right now that show us the spiritual battle is ramping up, and the Lord is calling us to man the battle stations.
He doesn’t need unseasoned warriors.
Some people I love dearly are facing incredibly hard things in their lives right now. Some seem to be given more than most people to deal with. Some are what I can only compare by saying they are modern day Job, in having more and more heartache, hardest circumstances and dark valleys.
I don’t have the answers for all the ‘whys’, especially for my friends, no matter how much I wish I did. But God does. Even if He seems silent throughout, which many times He has been with me as well, it is because He is working on us. Conditioning and strengthening us.
Many times I have been on my knees, crying out to Him, either for me or for someone I love, and while hoping for an immediate answer that will make all things right, things don’t happen that way. The thing is though, that He plants the truth in my spirit, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” 2 Corinthians 12:9
It is when I am weak and can’t hang on, that His strength is revealed, and that faith and trust is also being strengthened. No matter how hard and painful things may be, or become, trust that God is working. When the battles seem to be never ending, that is when God is working. Hold tight and allow your faith to be strengthened.
God loves those who trust in Him. He will never leave nor forsake those who are His own. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38,39