If you are wondering why the Lord is allowing certain circumstances to enter into your life, why certain pains are racking your body, why tribulations have been laid at your doorstep, join the crowd.
Do you know the verse I am going to offer you here?
“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:22)
You can ask why, you can question His reasonings, even His purpose, but you must not get in the line that is preparing to accuse Him of acting unjustly.
First things first, was whatever is happening to you your fault? If you would not stop looking at pornography and your wife finally finds out, is that God’s fault? If you start to have physical ailments because you preferred donuts and ice cream over carrots and lean meat, whose fault is that? If evil crosses your path and you were in no way seeking for it, who is it from, Satan or the Lord?
Can our adversary move against us without permission from our Father in heaven?
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” (1st Kings 3:9)
That heart, if you have prayed diligently for it, will reveal to you if you are at fault and in need of repentance, or if the Almighty has something He wants to teach you. The question then is this, if it is the latter, are you willing to learn?
“But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” (Job 2:10)
You are already, if you have been crucified with Christ, the righteousness of God in the Lord Jesus Christ, if there is no need of repentance, if you are not being chastised, which is not always for sin, willful sin, but is many times for simple disobedience, than what has been laid upon you is a teaching lesson, and all of our Father’s lessons are meant for one purpose, that we would lean on His everlasting arms of love.
“I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.” (Job 23:4)
Not in anger, though we would be hard pressed not to reveal it at times, for pain and tribulation can make one angry. But my friends, there is no such thing as righteous anger when we are speaking to the Living God. Just because we cannot understand at the moment why these things are occurring does not mean that someday we won’t, for we will.
So, the verse that fits here?
“In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Luke 21:19)
The soul that knows the love of our Father for us, the soul that realizes the truth of 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.”
The soul that can say, no matter what it is, “Thy will be done.”
If you want to be like Christ, you must suffer as He did. And how can one compare the sins of all the world, of being made sin, experiencing the full and unmixed wrath of God with just a few decades of tribulation?
“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17)
Not like Him, but with Him.
Ask all the questions you want to, pray about what is happening to you, just watch your anger, guard your heart, remember, His name is the one signed at the bottom of the paper, no matter what it is that is happening to you.
And again, my brothers and sisters in Christ, you do not need an answer, you need to trust and obey.
No one who has not been born-again can understand this short, poorly written letter, many who have been crucified with Him cannot. The main purpose of it?
He loves you, He is making you into the image of His Son, and He knows best how to do that.