When a trial comes into our lives it is common for us to first think, “What did I do to deserve this?” “Why is God doing this to me?” “Is there some area of my life that is not right and needs to be changed in order for this trial to go away?”
First, let me say that it is normal to question God just don’t challenge Him. Even Jesus, while experiencing the worst crisis in His life, certain death on the cross, looked to His Father and said, “My God, my God, why . . .?” (Matthew 27:46). While He did question He still said, “Nevertheless not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42).
Since we began Treasured Trials, many have approached us with the same questions. I began searching the Scriptures for answers. The Bible has all the answers to life’s problems and It will never fail you or I.
While searching I was immediately led to the Book of Job. Job went through many hard trials and experienced much suffering. There were times in Job’s life that he began to question what God was doing. Even a godly man like Job, who was said of God, that there was not another one like him on the earth (Job 2:3). He did not know or understand why these trials had come to him. Job even demanded that God give him the answer for all of this and to do it now “I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me. Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?” Job 10:2-3! We must be careful when talking to God that we do not go as far as to think we can order God around, because He is our Father and Master. He does not owe us any explanation. His ways and thoughts are much higher and wiser than ours. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord . . .” I Corinthians 2:16
As I was searching, I found the answer! It is found in Job 2:3, “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him WITHOUT CAUSE.” There it is, WITHOUT CAUSE. Job says it again, in Job 9:17, “For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds WITHOUT CAUSE.” Job finishes the verse by saying God is allowing all the turmoil and trials in his life but he is convinced it is without cause.
God is saying to Satan, “Okay, you can have power over Job’s life, you just cannot take his life.” Notice He says, “Although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him.” God is granting Satan’s wish. Satan wants to destroy Job because Job loves God. Satan tries to get back at God by trying to destroy Christians because He hates God. We aren’t Satan’s enemies, God is. Satan knows he cannot win over God so, in order to get back at God, he chooses us as his avenue of revenge. God loves us and trusts us with the trial that has been allowed into our lives to bring glory and honor to Him.
Please understand that even though God allows trials and hardships to come into our lives, He does it without cause. James 1:7 says, “Let no man say when he is tempted (or tested), I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” Don’t loose hope because in I Corinthians 10:13, Paul explains to us, “There hath no temptation (or testing) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted (or tested) above that ye are able; but will with the temptation (trial) also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
While we do have to “live” in our trials remember that God loves us so much. He would never allow more to be put on us than we were able to stand. He cares for us very deeply and His desire would never be to hurt or harm us. When a trial comes into our life it is to strengthen our faith and draw us closer to Him.
I know, through my trial, I have been drawn so much closer to Him and I am comforted knowing He is right there with me during my trial of “without cause.”
Remember Treasured Trials theme verse, I Peter 1:7, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”