There is no doubt that I’m blessed by God. He’s given me way more than I deserve. Still, there are times when trouble and difficulties come my way.
Why Does God Allow Hardships
Isn’t this the question we often ask when we face a difficult problem? I certainly do. I suspect God would answer us like this:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3 NIV
I don’t think I’m a mature enough Christian to consider it pure joy when I face a trial, but I do understand what these verses are saying. Hardships test us. They refine our faith (if we hang on). Over time, as you see how God gets you through one difficulty after another, your faith grows and strengthens. And make no mistake about it, He will get you through whatever you might face.
God uses trials to show us we can depend on Him no matter what.
The Source of Real Comfort
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT
As trials grow and mature our faith, we not only find comfort in God, but we become the hands and feet of Jesus in delivering comfort to others.
As humans, in the natural, we turn to all kinds of things for comfort. I should know because I’m a comfort addict. But, nothing on this earth can really satisfy us.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 NIV
Again, God is the source of all comfort. He is the only water that can truly quench our thirst (no matter what ails us). As we turn to God during our trials, He will begin to give us His comfort that overrides all worldly comfort and human reasoning.
Recognize that your circumstances might not change immediately, but God will console you and a peace will come over you. In other words, He might not take you around the storm, but He’ll get you through it.
God Is Full of Compassion and Mercy
You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
James 5:11 NIV
We should not be surprised by hardships in this life. The world is full of them. However, we should remember His compassion and mercy. He is faithful and true in all His ways. He will never let us down.
He is truly the God of all comfort.