The conclusion to why we go through trials and Unwanted Situations
In my previous Blog, we spoke about how as believers we are not exempt from seasons when our faith is challenged. Then we discussed how sometimes our wrong thinking gets us into trouble.
As believers, not one of us is to live trial-free lives; or a life absent of crisis during our life’s journey. I know this may sound too simplistic even to talk about it. Yet, there are believers who may think that given the fact that God is always on their side; when confronted with a major setback, they begin to wonder what’s going on? And begin to ask the perennial question, why me?
I have no doubt in my mind that at one time or another, we have all been tempted to ask that question. I will say it again. It is the wrong thing to ask. Think about it for a moment. Doesn’t this question sound familiar? Yes, at the beginning of all beginnings in Genesis 3.
“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” Gen. 3:1
The serpent introduced a question mark into Eve’s thinking. She tempted her to question what Father God had said. This is the reason I say it’s the wrong thing to ask as believers.
- Point number three: God’s time and purpose for our lives, most often than not, will not align with our personal agenda.
When looking into the lives of Bible greats such as Moses, Rahab, Joseph, Esther, David, Mary the mother of Jesus and the apostle Paul. The plans and vision they had for themselves were interrupted by Father God so they could become everything He had purposed for their lives. I wonder what thoughts ran through Mary’s mind when she was told she was about to get pregnant without having any intimate contact with her husband, Joseph. Granted it wasn’t anything bad, yet if there was one person in the world who could rightfully say why me? It was her. She didn’t do it. Scripture says she kept everything in her heart. Think of Paul, who was making his living and a personal name for himself persecuting Christians. Now on his way to Damascus, he finds himself on the ground asking the question,
“Who are you, Lord?” Acts 9:5
If you are a believer or non-believer, I want you to know your life can be changed in the twinkle of an eye. Your present circumstances can very well determine the course of your future life journey.
- Point number four: Character is always a pre-requisite to successfully accomplish our life’s assignment.
Why do we go through trials and Unwanted Situations? Father God needs to build our character. You may be the smarter or brighter man on the planet, but I can assure you when chosen by Him to carry out a mission or godly assignment; the question of character is activated and the process to help you meet His standards is turned on. Many times we think we are not qualified to do anything godly. Wrong, we are all His people and we all have a role to play. The problem is we are not paying attention, and we miss it because we are not familiar with His ways. Get ready, the next time you face a new trial and challenge regardless of its nature; ask the right question, not the wrong one.
- Point number five: His purpose is always greater than the purpose we try to fabricate for ourselves.
Scripture says: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Mat. 16:26
You can try to become the greatest tycoon or greatest in any of life’s endeavors. However, if you missed out on God’s purpose for you, then you missed out on life’s purpose altogether. He wants you to have a relationship with Him. This is a far greater purpose than anything you may have in mind. It doesn’t matter how great an empire you may want to build. He wants you to build with Him, not on your own. He wants to be part of you. If you refused, then whatever you build will come to naught. He’ll let you do it. He has no problem with that. The end though is not what you would expect. Why? Because His purpose is greater than the purpose we try to fabricate for ourselves.
My advice, tune your ears when going through trials, crisis and hard times that you don’t understand. He is closer to you than you think and wants to lead you into your godly destiny.