It doesn’t sound like a very spiritual question to ask but we’ve all wondered it at some point and time. We know that the God we serve is omniscient so why would He allow certain things to occur?
Why would He let the enemy attack us in our weakest areas? He knew what the outcome would be and He knew the pain it would cause. Why did He allow it?
When disease creeps it’s way into the life of one who has the whole world before him we wonder… Where is God?
One day you’re living comfortably and the next your security is threatened by the loss of a job. Couldn’t God have kept this from happening?
The truth is, we would all love to think that we could skate right through this life without a scratch but that’s not reality. This is not heaven. We have that to look forward to but until then we’ll have our share of trials to deal with.
Here’s a word the Lord spoke to me yesterday as I was thinking about this very thing…
“We would never complain about what God has allowed to happen if we could see all that He’s protected us from”
Here’s the first thing I would encourage us all to consider. God is in complete control and, I believe, He holds back more than He allows. There’s an enemy who’s sole desire is to utterly destroy each and every one of us. If we live and breathe another day it’s proof that we are covered by supernatural protection.
With that established, there has to be reasons for that which we have to endure. I’d like to share a few ideas that should help us all understand the purpose of these problems.
- To keep us dependent – Let’s be honest; it doesn’t take long, when everything is going super smooth, for us to get pretty sure of ourselves. Sadly, many Christians never seek the Lord until they are down for the count. Allowing us to face circumstances that are beyond our control causes us to depend on Him for answers.
- To reprove and restore His children – Many of the burdens we have to face are of our own making. Nobody escapes the consequences that are brought about by poor decision. Often the only way a loving Lord can get the attention of one who has decided to rebel and take out on his own is by allowing him to free-fall to the very bottom. There is a multitude of pain produced by our sinful choices but at the end of our rope stands the Savior. He’ll allow us to fall but He never leaves us on the ground.
- To receive the glory – God’s will is that He might be glorified in and through the lives of His children. There’s not an issue we’re prescribed to face that doesn’t have an end. Just like in the life of Job, God longs to show the world through our trials that He is more than sufficient. The only difference between us and the world is we have God who shoulders the weight of our load while the world is left to bear it alone. As we experience victory over our trials the world pays attention and God is glorified.
There are three reasons why we should learn not to despise our trials. If you’re facing one today don’t ask, “Where is God”. Instead ask ,”What is God” wanting to accomplish through the trial?