Why does God allow seasons of suffering to linger on and on? My husband and I, have just walked through 5 of the hardest years of our married life! Areas in health, finances, business, children, and aging parents. Many times it has seemed too much. When we’d finally come up for air, something new would hit. Images of huge waves in a rough ocean come to mind. Simply exhausting.
What did we do to deserve all this? You begin to wonder and try to figure it out. It’s human to want to know why. Thankfully our questioning led us to seek God. I found comfort in the Bible. I never felt closer to the Lord, as in the midst of these storms. I found He wanted me to focus on what instead of why. What could He possibly be doing through this? What did He want me learn? What could I get out of it? I began to feel increasingly sure that God had allowed every experience for a purpose.
My husband, on the other-hand did not feel this same closeness or purpose. Analytically, he always believed God was in control, but also that sin (being in the world) had brought these things into our lives. We both believed God would not waste a single experience or heart-ache; they could be used for His glory. Still, I wanted so much for him to feel peace.
Hebrews 12: 10-11 talks about training…“My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child He loves that He disciplines; the child He embraces, He also corrects. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training.”
God is looking for completion (Philippians 1:6). I know He isn’t finished with us yet.
Some storms come as consequences of our own foolishness and disobedience, and come because we live in a fallen sin-riddled world. No matter how we feel living through them, they are used for our training.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28). And if we wait patiently, He will show us how.
ForGlorySake! – Anna