Have you ever thought about why there is so much pain and struggle on earth?
I think, at one time or another, everyone has. No Bible devotion can answer that question completely, but here’s my take on this age-old question.
Life’s challenges, wounds and stresses often make you question your very existence in Christ. But, in my opinion, the answer is in embracing the struggle through the power of the Holy Spirit (Lord knows I can’t embrace it on my own).
Think of it this way. In God’s sovereignty, everything that happens in your life, through your life and because of your life is filtered through His love and purpose for you. Nothing is by mistake.
So, each pain, rejection, sickness and strain is likely part of His plan. Sure, we can live carnally and usher despair into our world; but that’s a completely different circumstance than what I’m referring to here.
I’m talking about the pains of life that just….come. You didn’t do it, you didn’t ask for it and Lord knows you can’t stop it. All that is likely all part of His plan to conform you into His image and into the person He created you to become.
Think of Joseph (Gen. 37-50). As a young [silly] boy, God gave him a glimpse of his purpose. But, what did Joseph do? He told his brothers all about it. Well, needless to say they didn’t care much for his dream of leadership and power over them.
He spoke too soon. You know, I think (note: my opinion) God had to humble Joseph through life’s adversity so he would know what hunger felt like, what rejection felt like and what forgiveness felt like. Only then, could God use him for a greater purpose and destiny.
If Joseph had never suffered his trials, do you think he would have governed Egypt with the wisdom and compassion in which he did? Further, do you think he would have shown grace to his hungry brothers had he not known hunger at one time in his own life?
Back to You
Could it be that your struggle might be part of God’s plan? Maybe your struggle with your health, marriage, job, dating life, ministry, addiction, habits, rejection, etc. is a strategic part of God’s plan to propel you into your purpose?
See, my poem wasn’t in vain. 🙂