Why does God let us have problems? I mean really, doesn’t the Bible tell us that God is love? How can it be loving to let us have troubles and trials, to go through difficult times in our lives, and He just sit up in heaven and “do nothing”?
I have pondered this many times. We probably all do. What’s the answer?
Well, the first problem is — the above assumes that God owes us a good life for some reason. The truth is, He doesn’t owe us anything. Our problems were originally started by the sin of the first man God put on the earth. And as a whole, the rest of us since then haven’t made things any better.
Another problem is that the question assumes that problems, because they aren’t comfortable, are bad. Did you ever practice for something? It doesn’t matter what it is, when you try to do something well, it takes a lot of time and determination. Many times when learning a new skill, you will have rough places where things don’t seem to be getting anywhere, and you get discouraged and feel like quitting. Eventually though, with enough time and effort, you become quite good. But what if this new skill becomes your passion in life and you aspire to be much better? You look to the ones that are still far better then you and realize you still have a ways to go. And so, even though you know it will mean a lot more pain and agony, you press on, determined to become the best you can.
Why should we expect growing and learning spiritually to be any different? Growing spiritually is a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, the only time we should stop growing is when we die!
Philippians 3:12-15 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Even Paul, who was an apostle in the early church and to whom God had given a large portion of the New Testament to write down, even he had not “arrived”. Even he was still learning and striving to do better!
The last problem with the question I posed earlier is that God does not just sit up in heaven and do nothing — even if it sometimes feels like it. Our Heavenly Father is our trainer! He is not a taskmaster though — He loves us, his children, and wants us to succeed, so He sent His Spirit to live inside each of us and guide us. To teach us in the way that we should go. Even with all the practice and strength that we could possibly have on our own, there is no way we can live free from sin and do what is right. We can only follow Christ with the help of the strength, love, and direction that Holy Spirit can give us.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
This verse explains it all in a nutshell:
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Our troubles that we go through now, pale when viewed in light of eternity. When we get to heaven, we won’t have any more problems! Our learning and training sessions will be over. We’ll be surrounded by the glory of heaven, and the troubles of earth will seem far away. Now that’s a goal to strive for! In the strength of the Lord we can do it!
Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;