“How do I give thanks in the midst of my troubles? How is it possible to praise God for all of his mighty works when I have so much going wrong in my life? If he is the all powerful and mighty God, why does he let bad things happen to us?”
I am sure questions similar to those have run through your head more than once, especially when you feel like your whole world is crashing down on you. There is something extremely freeing when you just accept that God is in control and that he wouldn’t give you anything that you can’t handle if it wasn’t for your own benefit.
When you are suffering or in a hard season of change, or confusion, it is hard not to question if God is there. But, whether you are a believer or not, whether you trust him to be there for you or not, he is there. He is there in the middle of the doctors appointment, he is there in the middle of your toughest exam, he is there in the middle of your breakdown, he is there in the midst of your divorce, he is there carrying you through these trials.
Now, you may ask, “why is he putting through such pain and hurt if he loves me?” I promise, he wouldn’t put you through anything (pain or happiness) if he didn’t love you. You have to understand, that he puts you through situations, especially the ones that cause the most pain, so that you will learn and grow from them.
John 13:7 || Jesus replied, “You do not realize what I am doing now, but later you will understand.” The context of this verse is surrounding around Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. This was the lowest of the lowest jobs a servant could do back in the day. Jesus taking up this task shows a great sacrificial love, one love that caused Jesus to take up our cross and to give his life for us so that we may be saved.
Psalm 46:1 || God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Because Christ is our source of strength, we need to accept that we cannot do this life alone. We alone cannot fix our hurt, we alone cannot change our hearts, we alone cannot do the impossible. It is only with God our refuge, who gives us our strength, that we can do the impossible. It is only with Him we give the glory and praise.
1 Peter 5: 10-11 || And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. It is only after we have suffered a little while, it is only after we have gone through some pain, that Jesus will swoop in and restore us and confirm in us that we are strong because of his amazing grace.
Keep pressing forward if you are in a season of pain and struggle.