Have you ever been angry that God doesn’t just fix all your problems? I definitely have.
Lately my family and I have been going through a rough time. I have prayed and prayed that all the junk would just go away. But when I opened my eyes it was still here.
Is God not listening or something? I mean, He is the all-powerful God of the universe. It’s not a question of whether or not he could do it.
With the snap of His fingers He could make all of our troubles disappear. But God rarely seems to fix things immediately.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that He doesn’t still perform miracles. He does. But some times it seems like all the stories of miraculous things happen to other people but never us.
So why does God allow bad things to happen to us?
I bet that if all of us looked back on our lives, we would agree that it was through the most difficult times that God has shaped us the most.
It was in the rough times that we were driven closer to Him. It was in the struggle that we learned invaluable life lessons. The conflict has shaped us into the people we are today.
When my wife and I were newlyweds in college we literally lived on ramen noodles, because we had no money. I grew more in my faith then than I did in the times that we have had money. I had no other choice but to rely on God to help keep the lights on.
Years ago I found myself out of work and searching for a new job in a bad economy with a baby on the way. In that time I grew more in my faith than when things have been stable. I had to believe that God had a better plan and a better job. (Which He did!)
The worst times in my life have been some of the best times.
We have to understand this: God won’t always deliver us from our problems. But He will deliver us through them.
Do you see the difference?
We want God to swoop down, sprinkle some fairy dust and make our problems disappear. But He rarely does that. Instead, He works through the problem.
- God takes what is meant for evil and works it for good. (Genesis 50:20)
- Like a potter, He uses pressure to molds and shape us. (Isaiah 64:8)
- He allows us to go through flames to refine us. (Zechariah 13:9)
- God is ultimately shaping us more and more to look like Jesus. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
- All things, both good and bad, are used by God to work for our good. (Romans 8:28)
- So, we should consider it pure joy when we face any trials. (James 1:2)
- God is our shepherd. Even when we walk through the darkest valleys we don’t need to be afraid. He is walking with us through the valley towards greener pastures. (Psalm 23