We are entering tornado season in the Midwest and many lives have been completely changed in just a few moments. In other parts of the country, people are facing mudslides and quickly spreading wildfires. Our world has experienced tragedy beyond any human being’s control causing many to be displaced or having to start over with their lives.
We sometimes wonder why a loving God would cause such devastation -why He would He allow His children to go through so much suffering. These events could turn us away from God if our focus is inward. When we allow our own personal needs to get in the way, we often miss the lessons to be learned through suffering.
God always provides a way out for us. Our faith is being strengthened along with a closer relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Going through difficulty is not just reserved for the bad guys of this world. The Bible is filled with examples of God fearing men who experienced sadness, failure, fear, desolation, hopelessness.
God uses these situations to build us up so that we can help someone else down the road through our experience. Christians are not immune to suffering, but we do have the advantage of knowing that our pain won’t last forever – what we learn through it can benefit others – we have an advocate who is interceding for us.
Thank you, dear lord, for your constant presence in my life. You are my comfort, my strength and my peace. Through you I can endure all things.
1 Peter 5:10 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”