We may ask God why we have endured so much pain. We must understand that pain is a part of the process. The things that happen to us sometimes are not God’s doing. It is our adversary the enemy that dwells in this world.
Many would say that if God is so powerful, why does He allow the enemy to have his way in my life? It is not that God is not powerful nor that God is punishing us or does not care about us.
His word says “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9).
God tells us that the enemy roams and roars and it is evident that this is a part of life. He later tells us that we are not alone all of us have to face sufferings due to the enemy. He later says to resist the enemy. We resist the enemy by fighting him spiritually as our word teaches us in Ephesians 6. We do not war against others as it may seem.
The war we are all fighting is spiritual. Prayer and fasting are also a way to resist the enemy. You also have to lay down carnal weapons, like fussing, arguing, anger, gossiping, and getting frustrated this types of things hinder your fight with the enemy.
Stop seeing the enemy from the flesh and know it is the spiritual realm we are fighting against. We often take the battle to the person but it is the spirit they are allowing to manipulate them to work against us.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones, Not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned” (Psalm 34:19-22).
God teaches us in this scripture that troubles may come but God is faithful to deliver us from them. God also tells us those who trust in Him shall not be condemned. We also must understand that wicked things happen that can not be explained. Many of us fight to figure out the meaning of why. This fight of why draws us away from God.
When we lose people, people are murdered, and our loved ones may be abused it hurts. When we experience childhood abuse or other trauma we can become lost. We don’t have to remain there and allow the enemy to use that against us. We must rise above it no matter how stuck we may feel.
I haven’t arrived but I continue to push and press because I resist becoming stuck. The enemy gains ground and creeps in when we remain in bondage to our pain. We all have a resilient nature, but we have to decide I don’t want to remain stuck and seek support.
No one can answer why life is filled with unfortunate circumstances and we all grow weary through the strain of life. We can find comfort in knowing that God goes through with us. I also find comfort in knowing God carries me through it all. Life gets hard but my faith in God has taught me that it is Him that carries me through every storm.
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you (1 Peter 5:10).
I have been through many storms and this scripture is so true. Through the pains of life God will establish, strengthen, and settle us. Sometimes the things that we go through are not God’s doing as I mentioned earlier. God is at the center of the pain we endure and He hurts when we hurt.
We fight our battles by trusting God through faith. God is our strength. He is the giver of life and the determining being of our final resting place. The things that we can’t explain are in His hands. We must learn to trust that every storm we face God understands. We must see that everything that happens to us is not God. God will turn it around for our good.