Sometimes in life, I feel like getting the blessings of God without any struggle or difficulty. I have always wanted an easy, comfortable, and joyous way of life.
But in most cases, it doesn’t happen like that, because life it’s never a bed of roses. Most times it becomes too hard and unbearable.
Because there are blessings we can’t receive except through trouble and storms of life. That is why whenever it comes it pushes us closer to God.
Making us call upon him even when we don’t want to do so. Because our heavenly father asked us to do so.
And it says: “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15).
Though nobody will ever say he/she likes trouble, it regularly confronts us. That was why Job says that. “Man who is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1).
However, in the book of John 16:33 Jesus presented a completely different standard. Where trouble is good for believers.
He encouraged us to cheer up when we are attacked by trouble. “Because in the world, you will have trouble. But cheer up! Because I have overcome the world.
In His beatitudes, Jesus also says: “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.” (Luke 6:21). Which indicates that our agonies are really blessings in disguise.
Every believer must appreciate that the good of God normally comes after one must have passed through the rigorous of life.
God does not make the good out of the good but He makes the good out of the bad. God often creates success out of failure, just as He created life out of death.
He also creates wealth out of poverty. He brings joy out of sadness. As a matter of fact, God always has an interest in something becoming very bad in order that it might be very good.
Jesus in John 11:1-4 was informed that his friend Lazarus was sick. He was expected to go immediately and see him and as much heal him.
But He rather said to His disciples that the sickness is not for death. It happened for the glory of God. So that the son of God may be glorified through it.
Whenever a man of the world is afflicted, it is because something bad has happened to him. But if it happens to a believer.
That means something good is about to happen to him. Revelation 7:17 says Godly sorrow comes not to make men miserable but to wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Tribulations and afflictions, trials, and adversities are all designed to bring children of God into closer intimacy and knowledge of God.
Accordingly, the psalmist acknowledged with the benefit of hindsight. “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your ordinances.” (Psalm 119:71).
We must understand that the things that glorify God are often in disagreement with our pleasures or convenience.
And must respond to the challenges of life. By working out our God-created true selves. Which often confuse the absence of problems with blessings when it might be a curse.
Amos 6:1 says, “Woe to you who are at ease in Zion.” The man who lives a life of ease and therefore feels no need for God is at the end most miserable.
Just as Joseph was blessed by the troubles his brothers brought on him, by selling him as a slave to Egypt.
“You intended to harm me, you planned evil against me. But God planned it all for good, he said to his brothers.
I know He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:20). Had it mean they did not sell him into slavery.
He would not have become Prime Minister in Egypt If they had not sold him. And he would not have become the instrument of their salvation from hunger.
Another excellent example is the case of Paul and Silas. They suffered great affliction in the pathway of evangelism, and were beaten black and blue and were put in prison.
But God in His miraculous way intervened in their case. At midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God.
Their affliction became their introduction for a great move of the hand of God. Suddenly there was a great earthquake.
And the foundations of the prison were shaken. Immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”
(Acts 16:26). The best thing that happened in prison. Was that even their jailer immediately gave their life to Christ.
Whatever you may be passing through now is never in vain or the end of your life. God wants to do something good in your life through that situation.
So, remain strong and faithful to Him. The end of your predicament will bring to you good fortunes. And you will laugh at last, for he who laugh last laugh the best.