God allows adversities, pain, and suffering. When we are disappointed, frustrated, rejected, or simply when we failed, we tend to question why a loving God allows us to go through the difficulties? He is mighty, wise, all-knowing, faithful, and loving! But why can He stand looking at us suffering? These are real questions from raw feelings of hurt and pain. And God perfectly understands us and the emotions that flood us. Even in our confusion and doubts, His love never fails. His tenderness and gentleness do not wane out.
His will for us is always good. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11. Because He has good plans for us, He allows difficulties and problems to refine us, tame us, discipline us, and point us to the right path in life. We may see them as painful and harmful, but God can use them for our growth and blessing!
God’s wisdom is perfect. “Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel? Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?” – Isaiah 40:13-14. His understanding is unsearchable (Isaiah 40:28). When God allows pain, difficulties, and even suffering, He means it for good. In our human thinking, we are inclined to see the bad side of it. But when we look back to the Cross, we see self-less, pure, and everlasting love for us. That love of God compells Him to keep us safe, secure, and blessed. Surely, even the harm that God allows in our life, is a demonstration of His goodness and faithfulness. Surely, His “no” to our prayer and the closed doors for things we have been desiring are manifestations of His grace and protection. When God allowed Satan to test Job (Job 1:12), it is not because God hated Job. It is because His plans for Job is far greater than the pain that Satan brought to Job’s life. After all his sufferings, even when death came knocking at his door, he held on to God. Even when friends and his wife deserted him, he held fast to the Lord. His faith was strenghtened. His understanding of God’s ways deepened. His hope in God was fortified. How did Job’s story unfold? “And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” – Job 42:12. Joseph also knew how God works for the good even in painful circumstances. He told his brothers who sold him to Egypt, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”– Genesis 50:20. And even for God’s chosen people, Israel, when their sins became too much to bear and their sins were too grievous before God, God would send other nations to conquer them so they would turn back to Him. Is it because God hated them? Is it because God disowned them? No! It is because His love for them never ceases. It is because His plan for them is good. At times, God’s harm is like a coating to the sweetness of His love. His goodness is wrapped with the toughness of His love. So trust in His love for you. Lean on God and let Him work things out according to His will. Cast your cares and burdens on Him. Let God take care of that heavy load. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28.