Trouble Don’t Last
How do you perceive adversity in light of your Relationship With God?
Do you allow adversity to throw you back, defeat you, or pull you down?
Do you regard adversity as a destroyer/or do you see it as having within it the very seeds that will produce something helpful and beneficial in your life?
Do you see adversity linked to your downfall/or do you see it as linked to your personal growth and eventually to your prosperity and enlargement?
WHICH HAS THE GREATER POWER TO DETERMINE YOUR FUTURE- THE SITUATION(S) THEMSELVES IN WHICH YOU FIND YOURSELF OR YOUR FAITH AS THE RESULT OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
When adversity strikes our lives (if not yet just keep living it will), we will eventually reach the end of our ability to help ourselves. Our end point in our relationship with God is often God’s beginning point (what’s “impossible” with man is “possible” with God). The help that God offers us is HIS TRUTH which is eternal but it is also timely.
The Bible which contains His truth is His communication tool. It represents His Eternal Wisdom. It is THE reference point we should return to continually to compare what is happening IN us and TO us IN our relationship with God to what could and will happen to us if we don’t get ahold of something or someone bigger than our problem.
When adversity strikes we tend to ask two questions almost as an automatic response:
Why did this happen to me?
Who is responsible for this?
Consciously or subconsciously, silently or verbally, these two questions always come up.
In A Relationship With God- Trouble Don’t Last Always
There used to be a commercial on TV that asked the question, “Why ask Why”? In most cases there are very good reasons to ask “why” especially in the world we live in today. “Why” is one of the most potent questions any person can ever ask about anything. It is the question at the root of curiosity and discovery. When we ask “why” in the face of adversity however, that question is nearly always cloaked in personal terms. In other words, WHY DID THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN TO ME? The focus then is less on the WHY and more on the ME instead of the focus being on your relationship with God.
The more realistic perspective though is to ask the question, “Why not me? We live in a fallen world where lawlessness and transgressions abound. Our hearts have evil intents. Accidents occur constantly. Nobody is perfect. Evil is real! God never promised to keep you and me or anyone from ALL adversity or to adjust the circumstances of life for our exclusive benefit and pleasure.
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE ARE JUST THAT……CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE!
Problems, needs, trouble, and lack plague mankind EVERYWHERE. No one is immune. We cannot and should not assume God will keep us free from ALL adversity and harm, but we can certainly count on HIM being with us in times of adversity, calamity, tragedy, hardship, and pain.
A better question to ask is, “Why this”? In other words, why did this happen as opposed to other things that could have happened? We SHOULD ask, Why this? Until we get the best possible answer. Even in doing so we must recognize that some problems and difficulties have NO answer NOW. They may have an answer some day, especially as our understanding increases allowing us to see our purpose more clearly.
But we may never understand the motivation behind another person acting the way they did towards us. We may never understand ALL of the factors which contributed to problem or situation. We are not God and we never will be. But when we are in a relationship with God He will most certainly remedy the problem, though in HIS OWN time.
THE BEST RECOURSE IS THIS:
Arrive at a place where you can trust God for an answer that will bring peace to your heart and mind. That is exactly what you should pursue above all in asking the why questions related to adversity. Ask God to give you an explanation, to the best of your ability to receive and understand it, and then ask Him to give you the faith, to trust His love, and to rely on His ability, and His alone, to under-gird your life so that you have PEACE to cover your lack of understanding.
If you continue to ask, “why me”, you will tie yourself up in knots on the inside. You will begin to feel as if God is picking on you and that you are UNWORTHY of His LOVE. You will get into the “poor me”, pity party syndrome which will cause your self-esteem to be brought so low that you no longer have the motivation to reach out to others because your focus is totally on you and that becomes dangerous.
DON’T ALLOW THE “WHY ME” QUESTIONS TO DOMINATE YOUR THOUGHT-LIFE. IF YOU DO, YOU WON’T GET THROUGH THE ADVERSITY THAT COMES YOUR WAY NOR ADVANCE IN YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND OTHERS.
Relationship With God: Trouble Don’t Last Always