Why does our Lord allow us to suffer from problems if He loves us, and if He came to save us from the pain and worries, then why do we suffer sometimes?
Today we are talking about problems such as a transient disease, your car breaks down for no reason, you quarreled with someone, lost a job you were dreaming of, so ended the engagement .. etcetera from the issues and problems that occur in our lives and disturb our days.
I will not talk here about the problems that happen because of our sins or chastising us, nor about the curses that are permanent problems. Rather, I will talk about the causes of problems that have no justification, that happen with us without a reason.
I have always asked myself a question, I do not imagine that there is a human being did not come to it, why does God allow Satan to tempt us?
There are those who say that God is tempting us to test our faith and patience, but this statement is wrong, because the Lord has examined the hearts and the kidneys.
As he said in Jeremiah chapter 17:10
“I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Whoever says that God is tempting us in order to test us and know if we are believers, then these people denied their Creator the ability to know the hidden things of hearts, so if God knows our faith and our abilities, why should he tempt us?
And if some people say that he is tempting us despite his knowledge of what is in our hearts, it is as if they are saying that God is tempting and testing people in order to have fun with them. Of course, God forbid from this description of the name of the Lord God, today I want to ask you to stop repeating phrases that we inherited without thinking
Believing that God tempts mankind is like blasphemy, because you are talking about another god completely different from the God we worship.
As he says in the message of Jacob chapter 1
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
So according to the Holy Bible, it is not permissible to say that temptation is from God.
So who is the tempter? The Holy Bible says that Satan is the tempter.
Matthew 4: 3
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
1 Thessalonians 3: 5
For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain.
lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain.
So, my dear ones, those who say that God tries him until he tests him, as if he were saying that the God that he is worshiping is Satan.
The correct question is: Why does the LORD God allow Satan to tempt us?
Causes of problems:
1- In order to straighten our behavior: The spoiled child must go through a harsh experience that his parents allow in order to learn how to behave in life as appropriate.
And it was necessary for the Israelites to be lost in the wilderness for forty years to learn to worship God and to enjoy the promised land thankfully (Exodus)
As Saint Paul says in his Epistle to Romans 5:
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope
5 And hope maketh not ashamed.
2- We obtain experience: It is very difficult to obtain life experiences without going through experiences, so the Lord may allow an experience but he controls it.
After Jesus left his disciples in the ark and asked them to precede him, wind and waves began to hit them, and while they thought they were lost, Jesus came walking on the waters and calmed the winds and said to them: Do not be afraid
The most important lesson we learn from experiences is not to fear, and if you are not exposed to problems, you will not know how to get rid of fear. In other words, if you are not exposed to problems, you will not know the meaning of relying on Lord God, chanting
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
Trials teach us not to rely on ourselves and experiment after another to understand the meaning of Psalm 91: 2
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
In Genesis, when Abraham relied on his thought, what happened? He went to the land of Pharaoh and was forced to lie, so he went out expelled, because he relied on his thought and his desire to go to Egypt.
Also in the Book of Exodus, Moses the Prophet relied on the Lord. He brought the people out of Egypt alone, faced Pharaoh without a sword, and for 40 years he walked in the wilderness without tiring, what was the result?
His shoes were not destroyed, meaning that the Lord preserved even their worthless things.
Also (in 1 Samuel 17)
Young David defeated the Palestinian man of war, Goliath, with a sling
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
3- In order to keep us away from a greater danger.
It is customary for us to mourn our fortune, so that you almost see mourning and complaining as a general characteristic of society. Whenever problems arise with him, he begins to complain – Oh God, I am not comfortable with my life, oh God, what did I do to make this happen to me?
No one has ever tried to see problems from another angle, even once. Problems are not from our Lord, and you do not think that if he allows them, he wants to humiliate you and insult you, but look at them from another angle.
And most likely after the problem is over, no one but the few believers will hear the voice of the Lord, who will look to see the significance that the Lord wanted to convey.
If we were all doing this, we would not have scolded, complained and complained, and we would not have resorted to roundabout methods to solve our problems.
What does it mean to keep us away from a greater danger,
How many times have we heard about people who were late to the flight’s date, and they were waiting for a work related to the fate of their lives, and they heard that the plane had fallen, and they are the only ones who survived because they were not on board, also in the Bible when they took the adulteress to be stoned,
It is possible that there are thousands of women who commit adultery, but she is the only one who is caught and taken in the sight of all people, humiliated, insulted and dragged in the streets,
They hit her with stones, mocked her, and insulted her, but what happened? If our Lord not allowed her to be caught, she would not have been saved, and she would not have met Jesus and said to her, Go, Your sins will be forgiven you
(John 3: 8)
Second Corinthians Chapter 4
The Holy Bible advises us about how we deal with our problems and how they negatively affect us
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Knowing and certain, according to the words of Psalm 37
24 Thoughts he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
4- To purify and raise us
How can problems purify us and raise us?
Malachi chapter 3 says about the Lord God:
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
The sons of Levi are servants of the Lord, and keepers of the Ark of the Covenant.
Closeness to the Lord requires purity and clarity, this purity and clarity passes through fire until it is scrubbed and purified from the impurities in it, just as fire is necessary to extract gold metal,
I will give you an example of that diamond. Diamonds are made of carbon, the same substance as carbon that goes into the composition of charcoal. It is included in the composition of diamonds, but what is the difference?
What happens to carbon until diamond is formed and not coal? The reason is the extreme pressure and temperature in the depths of the earth, in addition to the crystalline carbon composition,
But had it not been for pressure and heat, carbon would have remained carbon, and at its best, it would have become coal, but with intense pressure and heat, precious and precious diamonds emerged from it, which only a few people can possess.
Only those who won are crowned, and only the one who fought will triumph. We take, for example, the story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis, who was imprisoned because of his master’s wife,
Where his lady admired him, and claimed that he molested her because he refused to sleep with her, so they threw him in prison, what happened? It was necessary for him to enter prison to be scrubbed and purified until he rose, as he became an agent of Pharaoh over all the lands of Egypt.
5- in order to complete a will that He will later announce to us
Joseph whom we talked about, when his brothers threw him into the well, it was a difficult problem for him, but for the Lord God it was a will, because it was necessary to be sold to Egypt,
In order for him to be an agent over Egypt, if his brothers did not cause him to sell him, he would not have become an agent over Egypt, and therefore our Lord allows the problems that we can see as disastrous as the end of the world,
In order to raise us and glorify us, and to do a certain will,
Not only for us, but most of the time it is for other people around us. Our Lord wants to work with their lives, and sometimes when He wants to use us, he puts a problem before us so that we can change our way and achieve His will.
There is also, for example, the story of the Apostles Paul and Silas in Acts of the Apostles 16, they preached and caught them and struck them with sticks and a prison, what happened next?
Their imprisonment was the reason for the faith of the prison guard, who was baptized, and he and his family were saved.
We are required every day to pray the Lord’s Prayer, which says as in Luke chapter 11
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Let your will not have its meaning, as many think that they do nothing, no … Rather, we have to realize that the will of God is the best that we may reach.
See how Jesus Christ taught us about the days of his body when he knelt and prayed Matthew 26
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
That was a lesson from the many lessons that our Lord Jesus Christ taught us, that until death we tell him that if this cup cannot express me, let your will be.
6- So that the glory of the Lord be manifested, for example, you know the story of the serpent that came out of the fire, in Acts of the Apostles 28, when Paul was sitting with a congregation on an island, and suddenly the snake came out and wrapped it around Paul’s hand, and it is assumed that such a matter was a problem for Paul.
The snake is poisonous and could kill him, but what happened?
What happened was that this matter turned into a miracle. Paul shook the snake and continued his life normally. Those who were around him began to watch him. An hour and two hours passed and Paul did not die .. So they believed,
Here, our Lord used this incident to be a miracle.
Also .. How is the glory of the Lord manifested in problems?
The famine that occurred on the earth at the time of the prophet Elijah. The prophet Elijah went to a poor widowed woman who had nothing but a mug that had a little oil and a meadow that had a little flour in it.
She says I will make bread that my son and I will eat and then die. What happened then?
In the book of the first Kings chapter 17
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
the Lord glorified with a miracle, and she remained and eaten all days of famine.
Also the boys in the furnace of fire in the book of Daniel, when King Nebuchadnezzar decided to make a statue of gold, we also see the glory of God in Acts of the Apostles 20
The Apostle Paul and a group of believers were preaching and preaching in them until midnight, and the boy Eutychus was sitting on the third floor in a little energy, sleepy while he heard Paul’s preaching,
He turned from above and died, the Apostle Paul came to him and raised him from the dead. This incident greatly comforted the hearts of the believers.
Suffering from Cancer?
Tell him: I am waiting to see your glory, O Lord. You suffer from kidney failure and they told you that you will not be cured? ..
Say, I will wait to see your glory with that, O Lord, when you hold fast to the promises of the Lord, the Lord will be glorified, there is no other way, if you have faith, even the size of a grain of mustard seed, then it is glorified.
you can move a mountain and be cured of cancer and kidneys, the Bible mentioned Matthew 17
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
The stories of the prophets and saints in both the Old and New Testaments are full of glorification of the Lord through troubles. We see them as problems and perhaps misfortunes. “The king commanded to throw them into the furnace of fire.”
Is there a calamity greater than that that might happen and someone hears it, but the Lord has been glorified by it, says Psalm 50
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
7- The Lord misses us.
Have you ever thought at any point that the Lord might miss us?
Have you ever imagined that our Lord may miss for your voice?
Let us take the example of a father who cuts the money from his son, because the boy used to take money and go away.
So the father longed for the boy’s voice, he missed his laugh, he longed for him to be hugged, he missed even if he flattered him with a kiss, the same is the case with our Heavenly Father, he is a father in every sense of the word, longing for his children.
By living with blessings and good deeds, there are many people who stop praying, under the pretext that they have nothing to pray for. The Lord longs for us, so he allows a problem to occur with us so that we can resort to him.
The Lord says to the bride of the Song of Songs, chapter 8
13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.
Rachel in Genesis chapter 30
6 And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.
It was necessary for Rachel for the Lord to hear her voice in order to obtain the child she was dreaming of in her womb.
Also in Deuteronomy chapter 26
7 And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labor, and our oppression:
If you knew the impact of your voice on the heart of the Lord, and knew the impact of your hymn with the hearing of the Lord, you would not have stopped talking to Him and singing to Him, nor for a moment of your life.
In the end, I say: The one who trusts in the Lord is not to be ashamed. We learn to be with him from here, to follow with him up in the kingdom, and for the thousandth time I say that the kingdom begins from here, on the earth,
No one expects that he will have heaven, while he is living in Hell on Earth. live the Kingdom with the Lord God, from here.
Our Lord says in the book of Zechariah chapter 2
8 for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
He also says in the book of Isaiah chapter 49
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
In the book of Isaiah, chapter 49: 1
The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
What problems will you fear and flee from, and you have His Name and Glory on you, and who kept you since you were in your mother’s womb, and he will walk with you to your old age.
The book says Psalm 34
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
They may say that we have many trials and afflictions, but if you complete the verse, and from all of them the Lord delivers him, yes, He delivers him, so there can never be a son of the Lord who keeps covenant.
Sep / 24 / 2019