In our idea of a perfect world, only good things will happen to good people, bad things to bad people and every good deed will bear fruit. Illness will only be for those who deserved it, failure for those who didn’t reah make the effort and hunger for the lazy.
However, we were not promised that troubles wouldn’t come or affliction or bad times just because we are in Christ. This is a sinful world now, not the Eden that God created, and the gift of free will and free reign over the world, means sin and imperfection is rife in the world. In fact, if anything, through history, it has been God’s Special Chosen Ones who’ve gone through the most difficult times.
1 Corinthians 10:13b says “…He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…” and this is often paraphrased as God won’t give you more than you can handle. I think people often take this to mean that God expects from them a superhuman strength to bear all things- pain, depression, failure, sadness, disappointment, grief, hardship. God knows each and every one of our weaknesses and failings. Moreover, He knows the measure of our faith and our ability to understand the important truth that we are never abandonned and never need to or are expected to bear anything alone on our own.
Rather than perfection here on earth, what God has promised us is that we never have to face these tough times alone on our own steam. We are never lost or abandonned unless we choose to be. Rather, in our darkest hour, on our darkest day, The Lord is there for us, with us, crying with us, comforting us and holding us up every single time.
It is God alone that comforts and strengthens us and moreover to delivers and rescues us when we call on Him. He is the one that takes our feet from the quicksand when we feel like we’re sinking and sets us on solid ground from which we can continue (Psalm 40:2). God is our new page, our new lead our inspiration and strength to get up and keep striving and trusting in Him.
So basically, hard times may come, but we do not face them alone and can rely on the Lord’s strength, presence and deliverance because He is always, ALWAYS with us. And because of His word and His promise, we are always assured of victory and so we do not fret, knowing that God will deliver us as promised.
Psalm 34:19 (AMP)
Many evils confront the consistently righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Psalm 34:19 (MSG)
Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time.