Trials and temptations are bound to happen in the lives of Christians. Thousands of Christians in the world today are going through a whole lot of difficulties.
Hundreds already have thought that God no longer exists. Just like Job’s wife suggested to him, many have been the told to deny God, they have been told to curse God.
It is hoped that this beautiful article will help you to see that God is always there whenever you call him and he will never allow you to suffer.
The bible says in the book of Psalms 30:5 that “For his anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
In this article, we will be looking at 7 reasons why God allows trials in our lives. I am hoping that this article, after being explained better to you by the Holy Spirit, will serve as an eye-opener for you.
1. He probably wants to test how strong your faith is:
One of the persons who suffered the most in the bible was Job. He faced a lot of trials. In the book of Job 16:16, Job talked about his precarious situation and how it has brought tears to his face as he says “My face is foul with weeping and on my eyelids is the shadow of my weeping”.
He suffered in all areas. He lost his children and livestock.
In the book of Job 2:9, his wife even told him to “curse God and die” probably because she thought there was no hope for him. Job, was extremely frustrated but he still believed in God.
Always have this at the back of your mind, God will not put you in a bad situation just to see you suffer, He is not a wicked God. God is not mocked (Galatians 6:2), he is always right. If you stick with Him, you will never be put to shame.
2. For the manifestation of His glory:
God has a unique way of carrying out his own actions. He will never put you in trials without having a reason. Even the Bible has made it crystal clear that “His ways are not our ways”.
Complaining and accusing Him of deliberately causing you to suffer will be a very big mistake on your end. God is mighty and no one can ever question Him for his actions.
In the Bible, one of the disciples of Jesus questioned him about the fate of a man that was born blind. Now, if someone was born blind, does it mean God did that to show he is a wicked God?
No! Absolutely no! God has a reason for doing that, the Bible helps us to understand that God is a caring and loving father.
God is not an author of confusion, He cannot be a merciful and loving God and at the same time be a wicked and cruel God. He definitely has a reason for taking any step in the life of those he loves.
3. He has a lesson to teach:
This is another important point because many Christians today are always very quick to blame God. Hundreds of Christians today do not always pay close attention to God when God is talking to them. A very good example can be drawn from the case of Balaam in the book of Numbers 22:27-29.
Many things about the man Balaam were revealed and Christian out to learn from them. Balaam viewed his inability to continue his journey as a form of suffering and took out his frustration on his ass.
He had already whipped the ass three times before he actually realized that the angel of God had been standing right in front of him. (VS 31). God had a lesson to teach him but He was carried away with the “trials”.
So, as Christians, sometimes all we just need to do is to give that still small voice a listening hear, God might be passing a message across. Never say God is wicked because of your precarious state, rather see something positive in that situation.
4. As a reminder:
Daily as we go about our activities, there are definitely times when we commit sins and pretend as though we are oblivious to what’s going on.
Ananias and Saphirra did that! Now, God might just be using that situation to remind you of your sin. All you need to do is to make sure that you go back to him and ask for forgiveness.
That trial might be God’s way of reminding you of something.
5. He wants to correct you:
At various times in the bible, different men of God have exposed to us Christians that God does not deliberately put us in trials.
The bible says in the Book of Hebrews 12:6, “For whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth and scourgeth every son whom he received”.
This passage will help us to understand that the chastening of God should not be translated as God being wicked, his chastening should rather be considered as a deep sign of the love he has for us.
In verses 7 and 8 of the same chapter, the bible says “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not.”
VS 8 “But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons”. Remember that God is always on the throne and He loves and cares for you very much.
6. To start you up:
Many Christians lack the spiritual determination that they need to commence active participation in the kingdom of God. When God puts you through trials, He definitely knows that you are going to run coming to him and from there he’ll give you the grace to move closer to him.
He starts you up. The point that is being made here is that God might probably be putting you through that situation to stimulate one aspect of you that is dormant.
It may be your prayer life. Many times in the Bible, the children of Israel usually pass through a lot of bad situation and God would just leave them until they activate the prayerful part of them.
Until they go to him and pray, he would leave them and everything would look as if he is has despised them. It could be their prayer life, it could be in the aspect of fasting, it could be in the aspect of daily communion with him, and it could be anything at all.
All you need to know is that God is trying to activate or start up something in you. Once Christians recognize this fact, things begin to work out well for him or her.
7. He wants to draw you back to him:
Today, many Christians, because of their level of wealth have slowly drifted from Christ. They no longer care about the kingdom of God.
They’ve been so blinded by their riches that even when God was right in front of them, they were not seeing him, in such a case, that individual has placed his riches over the God of hosts. His affluence is now posing as a rival to God over his life.
God will continually put them in trials until they come back to their senses and realize the huge gulf they have created. God will not allow anything or anyone to take His place.
Joshua 24:19 says “And Joshua said unto the people, ye cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God…” So as Christians it is important to know that God is never a cruel God.
He is a kind and caring father who does not take pleasure in seeing His children suffer. Whatever situation that you are passing through, do not be pulled down.
You need to go on your knees and ask God for directions. He is definitely going to tell you the things to do and you will be free from that suffering that you are passing through instead of just whining and complaining to a different person than God is wicked and cruel.
If you have derailed from the path of Christ, please do come back to him and you will definitely enjoy the eternal glory in his presence.
There you have it, seven reasons God allows sufferings in our lives. I do hope that this article has been a blessing to you all. Stay blessed and continue to live in his glory!!!