Don’t Try To Figure It Out

5 August 2013 by Lim Poh Ann – 
When believers go through trials and tribulations, it is natural to ask God, “Why? Why does this have to happen to me?”
In some instances, God remains silent and fails to grant us relief from our suffering.
When Job was afflicted with much suffering, he did not get any clear answer from God why the Creator had allowed him to endure such pain.
When the apostle Paul was given a thorn in the flesh, he sought relief from God but was told: 
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness  (2 Corinthians 12:9). 
God had allowed him to endure such pain in order to keep him from being too elated over the abundance of revelations (2 Cor. 12: 7) and, secondly, in order that the power of Christ may rest on him (2 Cor. 12:9).
Notice in the above two instances, God had allowed Satan to have a hand in causing affliction to these great saints.
Perhaps the great chapter on love (1 Corinthians 13) can shed some light on this matter:

“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely” (1 Corinthians 13:12, NLT).

We are never meant to know all the ways and workings of an infinite and almighty God. And we will never have full understanding this side of eternity as to why He allows believers to go through pain and suffering.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). We are like clay in the hands of the Master Potter.

Sometimes He reveals His secrets to the prophets who are His servants (Amos 3:7). But if He chooses not to do so, He has every right for He is sovereign. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings” (Proverbs 25:2).





The purpose of suffering in the life of believers is that they might experience what their Master had to go through and, in the process, become spiritually mature.
Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8).

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (James 1:2-4).

 In 2 Corinthians 4:8, the apostle Paul confesses, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.”

If the great apostle was perplexed amid trials, then we too should not try to figure out why we have to go through tribulations.

“For everyone praises endurance but few are prepared to endure.” – Thomas A Kempis.

“The more his body is reduced by suffering, the more his spirit is strengthened by inward grace.” – Thomas A Kempis.


God does not answer all our whys this side of eternity when we’re confronted with non-healing – even when all the prerequisites have been fulfilled for spiritual healing.
Some may be called to live above personal disappointment to serve others.
Problems, one after another. But Joseph handled them well and moved from pit to prison to pinnacle of power.







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