“The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear. And He rescued me from certain death. Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into His heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever. Amen” (2 Timothy 4:16-18).
While Paul was writing this to Timothy, he was in prison, experiencing physical difficulties, personal attacks, and desertion. So, why would God allow His faithful servant, Paul, to endure such suffering? Why didn’t the Lord just step in and rescue him? These are great questions, ones that people have asked through the ages.
I have come to discover that, at times, God does not step in because He is about to step up and do something great. Though we may feel, during such times, that He has forgotten us, in reality, He is actually strengthening us. Like in lifting weights. Even though it is painful and difficult, the muscles are growing, as they are being stretched and tested. The same is true for us spiritually.
So, when you are facing adversities, difficulties, and challenges, view them from the Lord’s perspective, and ask yourself, which is greater, God changing something around me or God changing something within me? Think about that. Do you want God to deliver you, or develop you? You can have a quick relief or be refined in faith.
You see, if God always removes us from our difficult situations, we may never learn that He is truly sufficient for everything we need. So, allow Him to change you, and you will discover a joy that truly comes in the morning.