How do you handle suffering? (If you’re like me, I want to run and hide until it all goes away.)
Do you doubt God’s love for you? Feel his withdrawal? (You bet.)
Do you think he’s punishing you for something wrong you have done? (That’s what I think of right away.)
The truth is we’ve all done everything wrong, all the time, all our lives. That’s why we need a Savior. As Romans 3 says, none of us seeks God.
If we keep to that logic, we would deserve to be punished everyday of our lives. But even that would not be sufficient to a holy God.
The truth is we cannot pay for our sins. They are too awful, too deep, and too pervasive.
That’s why Jesus came to pay for them in our stead on the cross.
God isn’t angry with us anymore.
Let me say that again. God isn’t angry with us anymore if we have placed our trust in Jesus.
Jesus paid for every sin we have committed, are committing now, and will commit in the future.
If we believe in Jesus as God’s solution to our sin problem, then all of our sins are forgiven. We are adopted children of God. God now is our Heavenly Father. He loves us.
So with that in mind, trials and suffering are meant to mature us and build the image of Christ in us. There’s a real purpose to them. Read Romans 5 & James 1.
Don’t waste this opportunity to stretch your faith.