|This weekend, we got some news that a friend of the family’s passed away. He was only 22 years old, and apparently, he heart just stopped while he was playing basketball. As I sat down listening to my mother share this unbelievably sad story, I thought to myself; “Why did God allow him to die?” Many times, questions like this leave us struggling to articulate an adequate answer.
I still don’t have the answer to this question, and I don’t think anyone that walks this earth does. Some people may get upset and misquote the Bible saying, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him.”-Romans 8:28 But this verse should be read along with verses 35-39, so that we can see that Paul didn’t say that we were only promised good times, he says that even bad and difficult experiences can be used in God overall plan for good, and that nothing can separate us from the love of God, not even death.
It is important for you to be in the presence of God if you want to even begin to fathom His purpose in your suffering. Arguing with God and getting upset is not going to change your situation, it will only make it worse, so it is imperative for you to keep your focus on God, and have faith that there is a purpose in your storm. Your situation may have saved someone else’s live, it may have been what was needed to draw you closer to God, it may have been anything, but you have to understand that if you love God, then he works all things together for your good, even if you may not see it during your storm. Psalm 43:1-3 assures us that God is there for us through our troubles, so rejoice in this promise.
We live in a cynical and evil world, but if you are in Christ, you are no longer of this world, and there is something better for you. There is a much better life out there, a world without pain, heartache, tears, sorrow, difficulties, temptations, etc. This life can be yours if you hope for it, pray for it, fight for it, and run this race that is life till the end. You have to persevere and try to keep a godly focus through all of your hardships. This life is not promised to anyone, so if you have lost a loved one, thank God for the times you got to spend with them and work hard so that you may be together with them again in that wonderful world with God. Be a light to this dark world! Let the world come to know Christ through you and your attitude towards your hardships.
I understand that all of these are easier said that done, but I do know for a fact that, “although weeping may endure for a night, JOY cometh in the morning.” –Psalm 30:5. Don’t push your joy away because of lack of faith, embrace it and let it radiate through you to all those around you.
May the good Lord continue to grant us all strength through our hardships because we know that he will never put more on us than we can bear.
Stay blessed and spread the word.