At the risk of sounding masochistic, I am thankful for the hardships that I am experiencing at the moment.One of the reasons is that many in the Scriptures have endured difficulties, so why would I be exempt? To name a few examples,
Joseph was put in prison for refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife and her lying about him. He was imprisoned for at least 2 years (Genesis 40 and on)
Job lost his children, his wealth, his health, his crops, his livestock and even the relationship of his wife and best friends who turned on him and accused of him of suffering because of his sins (Book of Job)
Paul suffered countless beatings, imprisonment, hunger, thirst and ultimately was beheaded by the Romans.
In my particular case, I relate less with these saints and much more with the people of Israel. Because of their own repeated sins, they ended up as slaves in Egypt for centuries. They continued to complain even after they were freed up into the desert. In fact, they complained, even regretted leaving Egypt, and continuously rebelled against their leader Moses and against God.
During moments of oppression and suffering, let us not harden our hearts. Let us choose to look to Him. He knows the past, the present and the future; He knows you and I are going through hardships, what needs to be extracted out of us, and when to stop stretching us. By drawing closer, He can reveal opportunities to improve, and transform us into the people He wants mus to be. So, no matter why we have been thrown into the fiery furnace, he can and will use it to refine us if we allow Him >> Hillsong – Refiner’s Fire
There are many reasons why we suffer seemingly unfair circumstances. Nevertheless, if we choose to offer ourselves up to Him, He can cleanse us from a lot of inner junk which we don’t typically pay attention to when things are going well. So, let us not waste that precious time of trial, complain or become bitter. Instead, let us have faith in Him, as He holds the key to the best possible outcome(s), to a bright future in Him and to a transformed life!
Philippians 4: 6,7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”