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Trails Why Me? Part I
Deepika Emmanuel Sagar
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‘Blessed is a man who endures trials because he will receive the crown of life’ (Jm 1:12)
I have uncertainty in my job, I don’t share happy relationships at home and I remain in great anxiety throughout the day. I pray to God and worship Him daily, then why has He put me into trials?
This is a question which many of us must have thought of and a situation which many would relate to. Times of trials, when we keep asking God “Why me?” and “When will I be free?” When we are in distress, not knowing what will happen, then thoughts like these keep popping up making us feel even worse and filling our minds with negativity. We start questioning God in our prayers and under prolonged anxiety we become judgmental and blame God for all wrong things happening to us. We keep ourselves so busy in the same thought process that we close gates for anything fresh to work in, wearing and tearing our soul without knowing the spiritual truth behind it.
Let us look briefly at the life of Job, mentioned in the Bible. Job was a man of perfect integrity (Job 1:1), a man righteous in the eyes of the LORD. He had great possessions and the works of his hands were blessed. He feared God and He took pride on him. What blessing could be greater than this that your own creator takes pride in you! But even then God allowed Satan to test him. All his possessions were taken away; his sons and daughters were put to death and he was infected with boils from head to toe. How heart breaking could such a thing be to any man who loves and respects the Lord for everything. He could have turned insane, cursed God and stopped worshipping Him. But this was not the way Job responded. As the Word tells- ‘Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame God for anything’ (Job 1:22). He fell to the ground worshipping and saying “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away” (Job 1:21). What makes a person react this way even when he is in such immense suffering? What makes anybody thank God when adversaries surround? It is the spiritual strength, a strength obtained by feeding soul with God’s word and by nurturing it with faith. Thus says the Word ‘Many are the plans in the mind of a man but it’s the purpose of the Lord that will be established’ (Pr 19:21).
Whenever we are into trials we start finding ways to figure out a solution by our own thinking. We try manipulating things and use all our grey matter in scrutinizing action of others, finding their pros and cons for us. This is where we astray from the Word of the Lord. Always remember that nothing happens in our lives without His will, He has predestined us (Eph 1:11). There are so many situations in our lives which we cannot understand as to why they happened or why are they happening? There are things about which we don’t know, but at the same time we are provided with all that we should know and what we need to know is mentioned in the Word of the Lord.
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24 Apr 2016
Thank you for the reminder, both in todays Devotion and you earlier article on trials.
Where in India do you live. I was in Tamilnadu long ago. I live in Finland.
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