The human perspective on suffering is based upon a personal point of view. Because we take it personal, and we have been told that God is in control, we believe that all of the events in our lives – everything that happens (good or bad) must be an act of God and under His divine direction.
If this is true, how would our Father’s love be reconciled with our pain? In other words, wouldn’t this be conflicting? This type of thinking would seem as if God is bi-polar. Here you say you love me, but you hurt me? We call this type of behavior abusive, when a man or women is in a relationship.
Why would we attach this type of character to a pure and holy Father who created LOVE? You say that you love me, and you hurt me because you love me?
You inflicting me with pain means that you love me?
Every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord.
James 1:16-20 (AMP)
16 Do not be misled, my beloved brothers and sisters. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow [a]cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes]. 18 It was of His own will that He gave us birth [as His children] by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits of His creatures [a prime example of what He created to be set apart to Himself—sanctified, made holy for His divine purposes].
God is in complete control, but He does not control us. If He controlled us:
- We would not choose idol god or sin over a loving Father.
- If He controlled us, we would all be saved and honor Him for who He is and what He means to us.
- If our Father controlled us, He would not have to provide reminders to us of how much we need Him or how often we fail to include Him in our lives or how we go throughout our day…not even speaking to Him.
God being in control means that once we align our will to His will, regardless of our past mistakes and issues, He will cause everything to work for our good. Whatever calamity or tragedy that the enemy throws at us, God can use it for our blessing and our benefit, which is the ultimate reason why we give Him thanks.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV
When we enter God’s presence in the midst of our problem, He can move on our behalf. While our thoughts can be all over the place, we can resort to a place of refuge and strength.
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1 NKJV
When we learn this characteristic of our Father, then we can change the way in which we communicate through prayer:
“Father I thank you that You are with me in this. I do not know HOW you’re going to work it out, but I KNOW that you will. You are with me, because you said you would be and because you said it, that is enough for me to stand on.”
Our Heavenly Father will meet us where we are, during our suffering moments.
God desires to connect with you, but you have to open your mouth, speak to Him and let him in. You must invite him into the situation. As soon as trouble arise, we often call on our closest acquaintance, sibling, friend or mentor for a word of encouragement, when our first resort, should be to speak to the Holy Spirit, to make intercession on our behalf so that our Father can send help NOW!
In the midst of suffering, God is still full of faithfulness.
“This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”Lamentations 3:21-22, 24 NKJV
We could have been swallowed up and consumed, but He stepped in and told the enemy: “No! That is enough.”
Let us search our own ways and our hearts today. Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to our Savior. Let us not make our praise a prisoner of our emotions but rather a way of releasing ourselves to our Father.
Thank God for your sufferings. It was your sufferings, that brought you to your knees and made you lift up your head to our Redeemer.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. Psalm 119:71 (NKJV)