"God what is wrong with you?"
"God where are you?"
How often in the midst of persecution and struggle do we ask God, "where are you? What is wrong with you?" First and foremost we must answer these questions and the answer is much more simple than you might think.
There is nothing wrong with God and He is always with us!
There will always be hardships in our lives but we must know the truth of who God is and walk in faith that He is who He says He is. God promises that He is always with us and that He will never leave us. God is perfect, just, and right, therefore, there is nothing wrong with Him. Just because we don't have an answer to a situation does not mean that God does not have the answer. We tend to limit the knowledge of God based on our own knowledge and this is not the type of thinking we need during hard times. Instead we must meditate on the truth and a big part of the truth is this.
1 Corinthians 10:13 - "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.
And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you
can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you
can stand up under it."
Now you may be wondering how temptation is related to hard times or persecution and this is what I have come to realize...
...In the midst of persecution or hard times, we have the TEMPTATION
to think that life is all about ME and therefore our response is,
"Why is this happening to ME?; or I deserve better."
(otherwise known as the temptation of pride)
Do you see what happens there? The focus comes off of the Lord. We take Him off of the throne and put ourselves up there saying that I deserve more or I deserve better. So we must rewind and remember that if we really believe what we say we believe, then this life isn't about me and I have already received more from God than I will ever deserve. The order of priority according to the Bible is God #1, others #2, and then myself falls somewhere down the line after that. It really isn't about me, it is always about God and others.
Self-pity is a form of pride and we are called to be humble. At the point of being humble and not proud we see the grace of God poured out. Both in the book of Peter and James we see God say that He will "humble the proud and pour out grace upon the humble." Grace is a train that the humble must wait to board in God's timing.
In times of persecution and struggle we must humble ourselves before the Lord, remember that He is always with us to get us beyond the temptations that come against us, and believe that the God of everything will judge righteously as He says He will. Grace is a train that will take us away from persecution and to the Lord whenever we truly need it. He is the conductor and has the timing. Be honest with the Lord but do not let self-pity sink in. Let this be our conversation with the Lord during those hardships...
... "Papa I don't think I can do this on my own."
"My child, when does the train pull into the station?"
"When the conductor says it will."
"Yes and amen. I control the train of grace, and my timing is always perfect. Be patient and humble for I have rescued you from the darkness."
Let us endure pain and suffering together as a loving family in Christ
knowing that the Lord has the answers and the timings.
A life of faith in the grace of God truly is enough
and the answer is always yes and amen.