Most of the time we get challenged by unpleasant and inevitable circumstances. We cannot prevent nor stop them from happening, hence we don’t have a choice but to face them. This is the time when most Christians start sulking or complaining to God about why He allowed such to happen when He promised to protect them.
This sounds sensible because God’s presence has to indeed come with protection and bad things are not supposed to happen to those who walk with Him. Apparently you have every right to sulk and wrap yourself around God’s cloak like a toddler should you find yourself in situations like that.
Yet before you do so – take time and think about Jesus when He had to be laid on the cross. It wasn’t something that caught Him by surprise, but He knew in advance that Judas was going to betray Him (Matt 26:45-46) and He went on and gave Himself up to save us from death.
Even before His birth it was known that through Him all the nations will be saved (Matt 1:20-21) hence He knew why He had to be laid on the cross. Nothing is ever a mistake when you are in God’s purpose. No matter how bad it is whatever the thing you are going through – He allowed it for a reason. A reason that will turn out for your good.
Because …we know in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Whatever you are facing right now, know that it is for your good. God wouldn’t have allowed it to happen if He wasn’t gonna use it for His purpose.
This is the same God who let His one and only begotten son to be laid on the cross so that whosoever believes in Him shall not die but have an eternal life (John 3:16) and the most beautiful part about it – which is the same everybody is missing – God didn’t send Jesus to die at the cross but to defeat death. He did it knowing how He will recover from it.
Same applies with your situation – God allowed the tribulation not to punish or destroy you but to teach and uplift you. Through it all He already knows how you will recover from it and you will only recover if you maintain the faith and a hope for a brighter future.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The same way that Christ endured the cross even though He despised its shame – it is the same we should emulate. We have to endure through trials even though we despise the shame, pain, lack and misfortunes that comes along with them.
Yet we don’t have to give ourselves up to the cross. We don’t have to conform and die in our harsh circumstances BECAUSE IT IS FINISHED (John 19:30) – Christ defeated death once and for all. Those who are in Him will never taste death. Christ died on the cross to give us a better future. The pain you are going through cannot compare to the joy that is coming (Romans 8:18)
Keep the faith and listen to what God is saying to you through the tribulation. Some things in life can only be learned through upleasant circumstances. Not by observation but experience. Stop sulking and open yourself up to gaining new wisdom in the middle of a crisis. God is teaching you something you will need to fulfil His purpose!