Why does God allow us to suffer adversity ? That’s a question that we all have asked at one time or another in our lives. We don’t even have to be a child of God to ask that question. In fact, it seems to be the number one most widely asked question of all times when it comes to the great quest for the meaning of life. It is also the most widely shared question among all groups of those who seek the answers of the meaning of life. Atheist use it to try and prove their claims that there is no God. Agnostics use it to try and keep a balance on the teeter tottering spilt rail fence rung in which their own middle of the road indecisive minds constantly spin from possibility to possibility, and we the children of God ask it many times from the midst of our own anguish filled tumults and tragedies. As hard as it is for us to accept and to even contemplate when we are experiencing such life altering circumstances, the answer boils down to one thing. “Faith” How much do we believe Gods word? Can we actually believe God is allowing adversity to enter our lives to prepare us for something much better in life as His word has illustrated in many places? ( Psalm 66:12)
Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.Or, do we most times just think that the Devil is behind all the adversity in our lives? Although Satan may be used by God in the inflicting such adversities (which he has devised in one of his whiles against Gods children) it is never Satan who is behind the ultimate outcome. (Romans 8:28 )
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. When we are facing adversity in our lives God may only be trying to get our attention. He may be trying to teach us something, or just strengthening our faith. One thing is for sure, if you are facing seemingly bad circumstances in your life as a child of God, then God is up to something good in your life. Once we come to realize this fact, and we begin to respond to those difficulties rather than to ask why, then Gods purpose behind our suffering will begin to show. Parenthetically, a friend said to me just last night as I was explaining to her that we had put what we could into building the jerusable ministry and now we are only maintaining it till God sends His chosen vessels of members of the body to fill it in fellowship: (“Like Waiting For a Baby”) and I responded exactly like waiting for a baby to arrive. We know that God has planted this seed, and therefore, the Baby will come.
Adversity is something none of us are immune to . The question however in our hearts and minds when adversity comes knocking should not be ..”Why does God allow this”? But, the question should be, how do I best respond to it. If we get so buried in the all too overwhelming questioning of why such a thing is taking place in our life, then we may just miss the answer. One great Biblical example that comes to mind would have to be Joseph’s life changing dilemma of being thrown into a pit by his brothers,and then sold into slavery only to become the Governor of Egypt as part of Gods ultimate plan to one day rescue all of Israel from impending famine. Joseph could never have fulfilled Gods plan in all of this had he only broke down into total despondency and defeat. But, Joseph never blamed God , though he may have had moments of wondering, and even asking God why, sooner or later, he used the adversity as a starting point to carry on what he knew (By Faith) had to be a plan devised by his God. How can that be you may ask? Because Joseph had long since succome to the realization that God was with him, and therefore.. Joseph rest secure…In the Finished Works of God.
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.