Hello All! This week I wanted to address one of the most common questions we receive on our posts, and one of the number one prayer requests as well. “Why is God allowing me to struggle?/Please help me to understand why I’m going through such hard times.”
It’s easy to see others being greatly blessed and living what appears to be a completely carefree life and wonder why they have it so easy while you seem to be struggling constantly. There is a reason we are meant to steer clear of jealousy and counting our neighbors’ blessings; it can easily keep us from seeing the truth behind our own situations.
* You may concentrate on the word discipline in this scripture, but I encourage you to also note the use of the word chasten, which means to humble.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, struggles all seem to go on for a season, but not forever. We are given time to rest before dealing with new challenges. People who may seem to be living completely carefree lives, may have struggled greatly in the past, they may be coming upon struggles of their own, or they may be dealing with struggles currently that you know nothing about. During these times it is more important than ever to trust in the Word of God. In doing this, let us remember that God is preparing us for things that may be beyond this earth and this life. The lessons we learn are meant to carry with us into the great hereafter as well.
So why are you going through hard times? Why you a follower of God, and why this exact situation? The Bible tells us this:
Consider the story of Job. He was an extremely righteous man. Yet he lost everything that he held dear including his family, wealth, and his health. His suffering was immense. Was Job upset and confused as to why God would allow this? Of course, he was. But God did not explain or apologize for this. He did bless Job immensely in many respects, but most importantly was through a stronger relationship with God. These blessings don’t mean that Job didn’t miss the family he had lost; he was human after all. But he knew they would be waiting for him in the next life. And the struggles he had endured were preparation for something great in Heaven.
It may often feel like your burdens are so great you cannot possibly carry them any longer. But as a child of God you are never meant to carry any troubles alone.
You are meant to triumph through every struggle and look to your Heavenly Father in all things. Through Him there is truly nothing you cannot do.
I must also address another situation that comes up often. If our trials are caused by our own wrongdoing, we are not meant to make excuses for them. If you choose to spend your money on things other than your debts, and therefore have services turned off, your choices have put you in this situation. Therefore, rather than asking God why He put you in this situation, you would be more accurate in asking how He can help you repair the situation you’ve placed yourself in.
Do not forget that God will even use situations such as these that He did not create, to shape us for His plans and for our best interest.
Although you may face many spiritual battles in this life, Satan has no authority over the believers of Christ. And God has given you everything you need to triumph over every trial or tribulation in this life. His Word, the Holy Spirit, and through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, we can reach out to our Heavenly Father to guide us along every path.
Cheerfully in Christ,