No matter what challenges you face, God is with you and He wants you to experience His presence, love and power. God says in Revelations 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” What a wonderful time it will be when we take our place in Heaven and all our sorrows will be no more.
There are going to be times in our life when we are hurting, pressure is mounting, and relief is nowhere in sight. At that moment you may be calling out to God, “Why is this happening to me and my family?” “Why haven’t you put an end to all my suffering and pain?” “How am I going to make it through this?” “God, where are you?” At times like this, what can you be sure of?
· God is with us in the time of troubles. Our Heavenly Father comforts us through His Holy Spirit which He poured into each one of his children. Because He knows the needs of all His children, God will provide whatever is needed to help you. Deuteronomy 31:8 teaches us, “it is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” The Lord God wants us to be aware of His continuous presence so that we will never feel alone. The awareness of His love and strength provides you with the strength needed to go through the storm. Jesus understands what it is like to suffer, to be rejected, to lose a loved one. He is aware of the temptations and burdens we face. That is why He tells us “7 to cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:7,10). God has spoken a word over your life. God's word is unshakable, indestructible and irreversible. Nothing can stop what God has spoken concerning you. Nothing can stop the Word of God from coming to pass.
· God has a purpose for allowing trials. This is clearly seen in the book of Job, a devout man of God. Yet tragedy lingers over this righteous man. Job loses everything — children, property and wealth, good name and even his health. Job’s troubles begin after God presents him to Satan as a shining example of virtue (Job 1:8). Whatever the enemy used to attack Job, it didn't work. Job remained faithful to God. The book of Job teaches us several things about the grace and power of God: suffering will occur for reasons that we don’t understand until God reveals them to us, suffering doesn’t necessarily mean you have done something wrong, suffering produces intimacy with God (Job 42:5), suffering refines us, suffering equips us to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-5), and suffering conforms us into God's image (Romans 8:28-29).
I certainly don’t want to minimize pain and suffering, but it helps to know that God is with us. We can have joy and peace in our trials because we know God is in complete control. He knows we need to learn something or grow in a certain way. God is good and we can trust and rest in His perfect and gracious plan for our lives. If we are willing to stand firm, waiting on God and believing in His promises, He will redeem the pain in our lives while transforming us into the image of our Jesus.