Sometimes life is blissful, peaceful, wonderful, but sometimes life is not so easy. In the developed world we have things pretty easy, but in most of the world life is really hard. But no matter where we live, life is a mix of times of ease and times of difficulty. Sometimes natural disasters strike. Sometimes we find ourselves in crisis. Sometimes we seem to go through trial after trial and life can be overwhelming. Why doesn't Jesus take away all our problems? Why don't Christians have a trouble free life? Why do things have to be so hard? I don’t like trouble.
I’ve come to understand that it is in those times of trouble and trial that we really, truly come to trust God. When things seem darkest we have to go to our Lord Jesus to beg for help and He is always there to help. When I go to Him and fully trust Him in difficult times I grow the most in my Christian life. That’s right, it’s during difficult times, not during easy times, that we see most growth as Christians. When things are easy we can depend on ourselves and our own strengths and abilities, but when things begin to fall apart around us, when trials come into our lives, that’s when most of us turn to God for help. That’s when we learn to trust Him, when we grow and mature in our faith. I don’t like trials in my life, but in the beginning of the first chapter of the book of James is says,
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Maybe I should learn to depend on God all the time, not just in the tough times. That would probably make life easier.