God is Present in our Struggles

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”(Romans 8:28).

There are many times when we question the presence of God amidst difficulties and struggles. Sometimes we struggle to discern the voice of God during seasons of testing. Paul reminded us in the New Testament that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Paul did not say that some things work together for good. He never said that only the good things or the good seasons are working out for our good. It takes faith to see God in the trials and times of disappointments.

I can recall many ‘missed opportunities,’ perceived failures and setbacks, that I only understood long after the event. There were failed relationships that I mourned and wondered why God allowed some doors to close. It was generally on reflection that I understood why God closed some doors. I am often able to see years later why God allowed me to remain in some situations for longer than I deemed necessary.

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20). Joseph is one of the most gracious bible characters that I can think of. His ability to discern the hand of God during his difficulties, kept him from becoming bitter and resentful. In maintaining an excellent spirit, Joseph experienced the divine favour of God.

God is with you in the failures and disappointments and he is not absent when you feel rejected. Remain faithful to God. Forgive those who have hurt and disappointed you and pray for them. Trust that God has a plan for you and all things will work out for your good.

A.P.-Y.

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