I don’t know about you, but when I go through difficult times, it seems a whole lot easier to endure them when I know the outcome – especially, if the outcome is worth the hardship.
However, the problem with this line of thinking is that my idea of a good outcome may not be the same as God’s. The prophet Isaiah tells us, that His ways and His thoughts are much higher than ours, and that we must trust Him to know what is best, regardless (Isaiah 55:9). And of course, this is easier said than done. But it is precisely why I write. Because any ultimate good, His good, requires difficulty, but as He sees fit, not as I do.
But here’s the upside, God doesn’t send affliction and then sit back to see what happens. No, not one bit. Our loving heavenly Father has His hand on every part of the process.
The Bible tells us that we are clay and God is our potter, and we are all “the work of His hand” (Isaiah 64:8). So, adversity is necessary to achieve His specific purpose for our life (1 Peter 1:6-7). I know trials can be hard, but His grace is sufficient, and His presence is ever sure.
And so, even when we don’t understand what God is doing, and we may be certain to ask why, we can still trust that He is faithful, and that He will use any and every trial for our good.