In light of the fact that life might, at times, seem insurmountable, it begs the question: Why does God let us go through suffering and affliction while we are here?
Why does God let us go through it while we are here? It would seem that being blessed by God and having to go through difficult times in life are polar opposites of one another. How might our tribulations turn out to be a blessing? One of the reasons God leads us into hardship, even though He is not the one who causes our sorrows, is made apparent by the psalmist.
The Bible says,
Psalms 119:11 — In my heart I store up your words, so I might not sin against you.
When we are confronted with temptation or when we are going through afflictions in life, having Scripture stored in our minds and hearts or memorised may be rapid assistance that helps us get through these times.
In fact, hardships have the potential to assist us in overcoming sin. This is shown by the psalmist that reads,
Psalms 119:67 — Before I was afflicted I used to stray off, but now I keep your instructions.
The psalmist was disobedient to the instructions of God until he was afflicted; nevertheless, once the sufferings have done their job in him, he now follows the Word of God, which is a good conclusion for the believer. If sufferings are what it takes to deter us from sin, then they are absolutely necessary, despite the fact that we may not feel like it at the moment. Grief and a sense of despair
BRING US IN CLOSE
When we are confronted with difficulties like challenges, temptations, or sorrows, we are more likely to pray to God and seek His favour. When our world starts to fall apart around us, we transform into prayer warriors all of a sudden. When problems begin to build up, we become more desperate and are more likely to seek God and His Word.
The lesson was not lost on the psalmist.
Psalm 34:18 — The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and rescues the crushed in spirit.”
Do you want to be close to God? If we are living in a manner that is in opposition to the Word of God, then we have gone farther away from God; nonetheless, it is we who have moved and not God who has moved. When our spirits are shattered and our hearts are broken, we are closer to God than the majority of people, and this is a wonderful thing. Satan is not intimidated by sheep, but he is afraid of the sheep that are near the Shepherd, also known as the Good Shepherd.
CONNECT YOURSELF TO OTHER PEOPLE
Is it not true that God gives us consolation in times of trouble? In the same way, God enables us to be able to comfort those who are in any affliction
2 Corinthians 1:4 — who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
We comfort others in the same manner that God comforted us when we needed it, but this is important: God uses us as a vehicle to give His comfort to others. It is almost like we pay it forward. As followers of Jesus, we are to take on the roles of His hands, feet, voice, and eyes as we work to bring salvation to the lost and consolation to the afflicted.
This ought to instil sympathy in us for other people when they go through experiences that are comparable to what we have been through. In certain ways, we are able to empathise with what they are going through. The term compassion means “with” (com) “passion” (feeling), therefore to have compassion for someone is to enter into their sorrows, and identify with that pain.
RELY ON HIM
When nothing that you have attempted so far has been successful and you have done all that you possibly can, it is time for God to step in and do what only God can accomplish. When we have exhausted all other options, it is time to put our trust in God rather than in ourselves or even in other people. Perhaps we have been putting too much stock in our own abilities.
Naturally, it is a good idea to ask for assistance, but when there is no human resource that can solve our issues, it is time to go to God and rely on Him to do what only He can do. In other words, it is time to pray. There are times when there are no humanly viable answers, and we are left with only God.
God is the only one who can accomplish what He can do when we are left to our own devices and have done all that we are capable of doing. This is a lesson on how we should have relied on God from the beginning, and it is also a lesson on how we should continue to rely on Him for our very survival.
Correction = Love
God is strict with each and every one of His children. If this is not the case, then we are not really His children.
Hebrews 12:6 — “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts.”
This He does so that we may know that He loves us because of the caring, but firm hand that He uses. There are times when we need to be moulded further into the image of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and the disciplining nature of God’s love is what it takes.
When the psalmist wrote, he did so with the understanding that God’s discipleship was inextricably linked to His unending love for us
Psalms 119:71 — It was good for me to suffer so that I might learn your statutes.
Psalms 119:75 — I know, LORD, that your regulations are just. You disciplined me because of your faithful devotion to me.
We are aware that afflictions do not feel nice at the time that they are being experienced; but, the fact is that it is good for me that I was afflicted, that I could learn your laws.
When God disciplines you, you should not get tired and give up. Realize that everything He is doing expresses His love for you, for the Bible, says,
Psalms 94:12 — “How blessed is the one whom you instruct, O LORD, the one whom you teach from your law…”
Our trials have the potential to both deter us from sinning and help us triumph over specific sins. If we have wandered away from God, then suffering has the potential to bring us back to Him. The trials and tribulations we have overcome enable us to empathise with and provide solace to others who are through the same or very similar experiences.
Afflictions have the potential to instruct us to rely on God continually, and not only when we are facing difficulties or temptations. And afflictions, or the loving hand of God, is visible when He disciplines us; this demonstrates that He cares for us and wants what is best for us.
The Word of God has the ability to provide consolation to those who are suffering, but it also has the ability to bring suffering to those who are content in their current circumstances. It depends on the stage that a person is now at in their life.
The meaning of the Word of God is the same in any circumstance, yet different passages of scripture may have different effects on us. Some passages might convince us of our guilt, while others can comfort us with God’s love.
In any case, the Word of God has the capacity to rescue and the power to cure, at least with regard to the inner sufferings that are a part of existence. Even though you are going through difficult times, none of the priceless promises that God has made will ever turn out to be false.