An encouraging read for anyone struggling with anything – poor health, financial troubles, relationship challenges. God loves you every one of His children, and He will help you if you trust Him and let Him.
As I’ve said in other posts, I do not believe that God causes trials. But He clearly does allow difficult times to come upon even those that are closest to Christ. (If you don’t believe this, please study the life of the Apostle Paul).
When you read the Old Testament, especially the book of Job, you’ll find that people of those times believed trials and tribulations only came upon the ungodly. Most of the book of Job is his so-called “friends” trying to figure out what Job did or didn’t do to deserve these horrible trials. Poor Job sits at their feet scraping his boils trying to defend himself against their baseless accusations.
Trials humble us and expose self-righteousness in others and in ourselves.
I’m thankful that I don’t have friends like Job. Today, when looking upon those going through difficult trials, the humbled believer will likely think,
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I have asked various pastors about this over the years and I agree with the general conclusion that challenges are allowed in our lives to strengthen us and grow our faith. It is part of giving us free will, otherwise, there would be little point in us doing anything at all.
I agree. If being a Christian meant an easy life, everyone would do it. It’s having and keeping faith in spite of trials and difficulties that makes it meaningful, and real. Our choice is how we respond. Be blessed Beth 🙂