Romans 8:28- February 1, 2011
We are not left alone to work out our life problems.
This thought may have crossed your mind at some period in life, “If God is
good, why does He allow terrible things to happen?” Since the beginning of the
human race, daily living has always involved adversity. Although life trials can
be tough, knowing the Lord’s purpose for them can bring comfort and hope. God’s
messages found in biblical verses make it known that suffering has meaning. The
Great One is modeling His children to be like Him.
Romans 8:28-29 reads, “And we know that God causes everything to work
together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His
purpose for them.
For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them
to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn, with many
brothers and sisters.”
Here are three principal points to consider, regarding personal trials of life:
First, when people become saved, they continue to have many “rough
characteristics.” The journey on the road to sanctification (growing in God’s
grace as a result of being reborn), requires the process of becoming holy and
few things in life will build character like heartache. Unfortunately, people
rarely acquire christian maturity during good times.
Instead, paincauses ungodly characteristics to surface and forces individuals to reflect on their true nature.
Secondly, the reason why the Father allows trials is to test His childrens’
religious belief. Believers soon learn that tested faith is deeper and
more reliable than untested faith.
Finally, God allows difficulties so that His character, love, and
power can be revealed. Throughout life’s hardships, people who remain with the heavenly Father will find Him dependable and authentic.
As life’s storms surface, remember His faithfulness from previous trials and
rest assured that He is with you always. We are not left alone to solve our
problems. As we turn our lives over to the Wonderful Counselor, He directs the
events in our daily lives for our benefit, even the painful ones.
No individual wishes to suffer needlessly, however, experience and sorrow
will mature the christian believer. We can learn from books and from the
experiences of others, but most growth occurs as a result of personal trials. As
disturbing events occur, sorrow and heartache may seem intense. But know that He
has a plan for all trials of life.