When there’s no good reason for our troubles

Image: Courtesy of The Jewish Museum
“Job and His Three Friends,” by 19th-century French painter Jacques Joseph (James) Tissot.

We have different enemies in our lives at different times in our lives. Some might be people who hate us. Some might be situations like sickness or even death. Some might be financial pressures. Some might be bullying and facing threats from toxic people. We have different challenges in our lives.

But God hears our cries. He hears us when we call out to the Lord. God can come to our rescue not necessarily to slay our enemies. Although at times, that might seems to make most sense to us. It’s like a snap of our fingers and our enemies or difficult situations just disappear, never to be seen again. Would be nice. Ideal isn’t it.

Sometimes, God can help us to begin seeing our situation in a different light. David prayed, “Teach me your way, O Lord.” There is always something we can learn from when there is no reason for our bad things.

Seeing things in a different light can sometimes help us see into God’s mind. We don’t know if there is God’s will in our difficulties. At the time, there might be no good reasons for our troubles. Sometimes, it’s just pure tragedy and things just don’t make any sense. And what we lose can be permanent and will never be restored. Sometimes, we get through it all and come out better. Each person’s situation ends up different.

When there isn’t any reason for all the things that happen in our lives, in the end, God can shape us through these things. God can teach us through it all. God wants us all to remain faithful to him wherever we are.

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