Like a lot of Christians I’ve asked the same question. “Why me Lord?”
God’s answer is amazing and wonderful. “Because you are special to me!”
For I reckon that sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Roman 8:18 KJV)
Is life getting tough? Sometimes we’re tempted to question why God would allow His loved ones to go through such difficulty. But of this we can be absolutely certain: He loves you very much and He has His reasons.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. (1st Peter 4:12 NIV)
God doesn’t want us to be confused over this. That’s why we are forewarned that suffering will come. Hardships are necessary, or God would not permit them. Several of His reasons are cited in scripture. And those indicated purposes are multiple. First is the growth of our faith. And the strengthening and shaping of our Christ-like character. He tests and proves our faith so that one day all others will see His work in us. Also, hardships teach us to depend on the Lord and trust Him implicitly through every circumstance.
Yet, we can take joy in knowing that one day there will be no more tears, no pain, and no sorrow. And the difficulties we endure in the here-and-now will seem as nothing someday.
“For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.” (2nd Cor. 4:17 Holman CSB)
We will shine with a glory unrealized in any earthly realm today! God is creating beauty and splendor in us. One day he will lift you up to showcase you before all of creation. Look what I have created in this glorious soul!
“…You will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy. (21) A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. (22) So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. (John 16:20b-22 NIV)
For now, there’s great comfort in God’s promises. We know that He’s already explained as much as we are able to understand. Sure, there’s a lot more to God’s reasoning. But His mind dwarfs the greatest genius minds of all the ages. If the Lord were to explain any further than what He already has, we’d be completely incapable of comprehending it. Sufficient is our knowledge of His great love for all mankind, His omniscient wisdom, and His omnipotent ability to carry out His divine plan. Add to that our faith in His trustworthiness to keep His promises, and we can face anything.
Christ in you continues to endure everything you suffer along with you. He is with us every step of the way.
“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:28 NIV)
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