Living in this world, tribulations are inevitable. How we deal with them and how they leave us either angry and bitter or strengthened in our faith, is the ultimate question. Consider the following reasons for trials and suffering:
- To strengthen our faith – 1 Peter 5:10
- To produce all the fruit of the Spirit – Hebrews 10:36; James 1:3; Psalm 30:5
- To silence the enemy – Job 1:9-12; 2:3-7
- To glorify Himself through us – John 9:1-3; 11:1-4
- To conform us more into His image – Philippians 3:10
- To enlarge our ministry – 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
- So that we might see and deal with our sin – 1 Peter 2:20; Hebrews 12:5-9
- To search our hearts to see if we really love Him and trust Him as in Genesis 22
The answer to every question is for His Glory. If we don’t know darkness we would never understand light. If we don’t know pain we won’t understand what Jesus did for us on the cross. God will be glorified.
In John 9:2-3 there is a story of a man who was blind from birth. Jesus’ disciples asked who sinned to cause this man’s blindness, the man or his parents. Jesus answered, “Neither hath this man sinned nor his parents but that the works of God should be manifest in him.”
God will be glorified with your existence regardless of how you choose in free will to carry it out.
Every knee shall bow! Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
James 1:2-4, 12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.