Have you ever felt like Moses…on the backside of the desert? Or Joseph, who sat in prison for thirteen long years? I wonder if they struggled with Lie #3.
This is the third in a week long series, “When It’s More Than You Can Handle: Replacing Lies with Truth”.
Today, let’s deal with
LIE #3: I could handle my problem better if I saw some good coming out of it, but there is no purpose in this trial.
In some trials, God allows us to later see the golden, glorious plan He was working out for our good. The job offer that fell through led to higher paying, more satisfying employment. The broken bone requiring the X-Ray that caught the cancer, resulting in early treatment and cure. In that we celebrate, praise God and high five each other!
Other times we look back on a particular trial and have difficulty understanding why it was allowed. No beautiful, storybook ending, no “aha” moment where God’s purposes revealed themselves. Only the steady drip of suffering, like the slow, undignified and torturous decline of an elderly parent with Altzheimer’s. Or years of trying to conceive that never come to fruition.
2 Corinthians 4:17: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Paul is not saying they are easy troubles. He means that they’re nothing compared to the glory that is coming! By momentary, he doesn’t mean that they last a moment. He means that even if your trouble lasts a lifetime, there will be an end to it. When the Christ believer’s life is over, God will make it right. And you will have forever to enjoy how He made it right.
“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).
Some problems seem pointless. We may not see His purpose, but that doesn’t mean He’s not working out a phenomenal plan behind the scenes of our suffering.
He doesn’t explain to us all His purposes in this life. But in the meantime, He does tell us that His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). There is comfort in knowing that He holds our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56). In other words, He never takes our tears lightly; not one moment of pain is wasted. He is using our sorrows for a glorious, eternal future.
One thing is certain: We’ll understand it better by and by.