When life gets tough, we may wonder why and ask, "has God forgotten me?" Sometimes we know we’re facing the consequences of sin or foolish choices, but other times the reason is not so clear. And when illness, death, or some other profound adversity enters our life, it’s even more difficult to understand God’s purpose in allowing it, especially if we’re faithfully following Him.
God uses hardship in our lives. It may be to get our attention, help us conquer pride, or teach us to hate sin. It may be to remind us of our dependence on Him, demonstrate His faithfulness, or give us tools for comforting and serving others. Sometimes, God wants to mature our view of Him or deepen our faith.
Paul reminds us of the truth that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him." (Romans 8:28) God always works things out for the good of those who love Him.
Does this lessen the hurt and doubt that accompany trials? Not always, but Psalm 23 promises that God is with us, comforting us in the midst of the valley.
He may not always calm the storm around us. This we know; He calms our heart when we cry out to Him.
Mike and Daphne