People always ask “Why does God allow hard times or turbulent times of pain and uncertainty? After all, since we love and trust that God is all-powerful, and since we trust that His hand shapes our lives, why doesn’t He simply rescue us – and our loved ones from hardship and pain?”
God’s word teaches us again and again that He loves us and wants the best for us. And the Bible teaches that God is omniscient (always present) and always watching.
So why, we wonder, if God is really so concerned with every detail of our lives, does He permit us to endure emotions like grief, sadness, shame or fear? And why does He allow tragic circumstances to invade the lives of good people? These questions perplex us, especially when times are tough.
On occasion, all of us face adversity, and throughout life, we all must endure life-changing personal losses that leave us breathless. Trauma can mimic the signs of mental illness, and depending on many factors, it is often a long and slow road to recovery and healing that leaves one different.
When we pass through the dark valleys of life, we often ask, “Why me?” Sometimes, of course, the answer is obvious – sometimes we make mistakes, and we must pay for them. The Bible speaks that all men will reap a harvest of what they have sown. (Galatians 6:7 )But on other occasions, when we have done nothing wrong, we wonder why God allows us to suffer.
Even when we cannot understand God’s plans, we must trust them. And even when we are impatient for our situations to improve, we must trust God’s timing. If we seek to live in accordance with His plan for our lives, we must continue to study His Word (in good times and bad), and we must be watchful for His signs, knowing that in time, He will lead us through the valleys, onward to the mountaintop.
So if you’re enduring tough times, please don’t give up and don’t give in. I know it can be difficult, but friend, God has a glorious plan for you! Keep your eyes on Him and your ears open, as well as your heart.
Dear friend, if you are going through a dark season, a challenging time, please know that our heavenly Father is with you. He is sitting there, right beside you, holding you, comforting you, wiping away your tears. As your sister in Christ, please hear these words of encouragement from our Lord and take them to heart.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
Regardless of how large or significant you feel your situation may be, anything can always be transformed when we turn it over to God. Isn’t that amazing?! ANYTHING! Oh what love He has for us!
Even when you are discouraged, when your heart is heavy and especially those times when you don’t feel like getting out of bed – have faith – be bold, and ask the Holy Spirit to comfort and empower you. Then take that next step with God beside you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Even though some may feel like the world is spinning a bit to fast for their liking, please remember, dear friends, that our God is far bigger than any problem you may ever face. So instead of worrying about life’s inevitable challenges, put your faith in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Remember, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV). Isn’t that wonderful? The fact that He is unchanging, never-ending, and constant gives us a blessed assurance that we can boldly approach the throne of grace and trust in His promises.
The same God who created the universe will protect, comfort and provide for you if you ask Him.
Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.