In life we will be challenged and suffer, this has been proven over and over in each of our lives. It’s not something we want and throughout the centuries people have tried to say and hope that because of faith the suffering would be reduced or eliminated; no one likes feeling bad or being hurt after all.
But God doesn’t see it quite the way we do. Don’t get me wrong, He doesn’t like (as in derive pleasure from) seeing us suffer, but He knows that struggles always happen for a reason. Sometimes we’ve made choices that have brought the struggles on ourselves, other times it’s a test to see if we are capable yet of fulfilling God’s calling for our lives, sometimes it to teach us something, and sometimes it’s to remind us that we’re not in this life alone and need to rely on others.
What I think is that we’re still working on learning in our lives and relationship with God is finding peace in the times of struggle. When we struggle with the challenges in our lives it can mean one of two things: first that we don’t trust God to help us get to the other side, and second that we don’t trust ourselves to get to the other side. Neither of these thoughts makes me feel good about struggling when I should have peace.
Take a little time this week, especially if you’re struggling with something, and think about why you’re not at peace with working through the situation. Is it because you don’t trust yourself or God? If so, what will you do about it?
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13