“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” (Deuteronomy 8:2)
When we walk through trials and hardships. When the world around as is all darkness and no light. It can be difficult to see any purpose in staying where we are, to keep enduring through yet another trial. When we don’t see the purpose for being in this place, it can feel quite like the people of Israel wondering in the wilderness. Like we have been wandering in the wilderness for forty years now, without a season of rest.
When we are walking through a trial, it is hard to keep a good attitude. Or to find joy. It might be that all we see is the trial, the hardships and the darkness in our lives. When a storm is raging on, it is difficult to see anything else.
And yet, there is that glimpse of hope. What if your suffering has purpose? What if this will all somehow, in some miraculous way, be for your good?
“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” (1 Peter 5:19)
This is what I keep reminding myself: that the Lord allowed Israel to hunger. He allowed them to wander through the wilderness for all those years. So He allows us to go through trying times as well. Everything that is in our life, God has allowed. Everything that is in our life, He can use — to humble us, to test our faith. To grow us closer to Christ and make us more like Christ. So it is all for our good in the end.
Yet another thing we need to remember, is that God was with the Israelites every step of the way. And He will be with us, too. So you see, beloved — your suffering is always for a purpose. Yes. Your suffering has purpose. Whatever God plans for your life, it is the best thing for your growth in Christ. This, yes this — all this is here because you can grow in Christ. And you are not alone.
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