1. It is not God who willed sin and pain into this world. If He ever allowed evil, it is to be able to accomplish a greater good. Heroism, perseverance, courage, compassion, mercy, faith – these are the things that shine brighter in the darkness, such is the greater good that arises out of evil and pain. That greater good is what I must focus on. If God ever allows pain and misfortune or any kind of injustice to touch me, it is not with malice that He does so, nor with indifference. He is very much aware of my suffering. The kind of love that will not forget me even if a mother should forget her child is that same love that has willed a greater good for me to last for eternity.
Because God made not death;
Neither delights he when the living perish:
For he created all things that they might have being:
And the generative powers of the world are healthsome,
And there is no poison of destruction in them:
Nor has Hades royal dominion upon earth,
For righteousness is immortal…
But by the envy of the devil death entered into the world,
And they that are of his portion make trial thereof.– Wisdom 1:13-15;2:24, WEB
2. The most important thing that God desires for me as a result of His love is to save my soul. This may or may not include providing me with material wealth. This may even include a lot of sorrow. But whatever His plans may be, it is to keep me from falling into sin. God loves me, and is not waiting for me to fall but to rise again. His goal is not to inflict me with pain but to heal me and give me life. I may not be aware of it, but He is there supporting me, defending me from evil and accomplishing my healing. He will never allow me to be tested beyond the capacity He gave me to bear it. And should I ever feel all is lost and hopeless, God will provide a way out still to save me.
No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.– 1 Cor. 10:13, WEB
3. God blesses us all and provides for our needs differently. To some He gives material blessings, to others, spiritual strength. When we need some form of support, God sometimes sends us people who would be channels of His grace. Sometimes, it is God Himself who directly gives it to us. During such times, should I ever think I have received less? Or do I praise God for giving me Himself and personally taking care of me?
Yahweh is my shepherd:
I shall lack nothing.
– Psalm 23, WEB
4. God loves me even in my imperfections, even when I’m weak in the midst of trials. His love for me is beyond all my mistakes for He has loved me even before I tried to be good, and even after I tried to be good and failed.
Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong. – 2 Cor. 12:10, WEB
5. There comes a time when I must take a leap of faithwhen I can’t understand with my mind everything that is happening, especially all the unfairness and cruelties in this world. If I truly believe there is a God (which I should have previously processed with my intellect, heart and spirit), then I must hold on to that belief.
The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens;
he rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who are discouraged;
he saves those who have lost all hope.
-Psalm 34:17-18, GNT
6. Everyone’s got a wound, a hurt and a deprivation of some sort, but I can’t continue to live life by always clinging to that hurt that holds me back. I’ve got to accept things as they are and just do the things that are still within my power to change.
7. God often closes the wrong doors for us so that we me enter the right one. Hence, rejections and opportunities that have seemingly been blocked may indeed be blessings in disguise that I should be thankful for.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go.
I will counsel you with my eye on you– Psalm 32:8,WEB
8. I should remember to detach myself from the outcome of my labors. We plant the seeds, but it is God who blesses the harvest.
9. In times when I really feel tired, I must rest.
10. The greatest sufferings on earth could never match the joys God has prepared for us in heaven. Even if we be deprived of all the good things people see in this world, we can still be happy, we can stlll hope for an ending that far surpasses all our greatest imaginings and desires.
But as it is written,
“Things which an eye didn’t see, and an ear didn’t hear,
which didn’t enter into the heart of man,
these God has prepared for those who love him.– 1 Cor. 2:9, WEB