“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.” – 1 Peter 4:12
Problems keep piling up higher and higher and we wonder, “What in the world is going on?”. Knowing God is in control we know there is a reason, we just can’t figure it out. But, maybe that is part of our problem– we keep trying to figure it out, rather than living by faith. We keep searching for the reason when we should be satisfied just knowing there is a reason. It might be for correction, prevention, instruction, preparation, or something we will never understand, but it is designed to serve God’s purpose.
The late Adrian Rogers gave us this following good thought: “Has something bad happened to you and you said, “Oh me. What did I do? I must have done something terrible. Otherwise, this wouldn’t have happened!”
And before you knew it, you fell headlong into a pity party of morbid introspection—taking yourself apart piece by piece to see where you went wrong. If you’re like most people, you have.
But have you ever thought that maybe you’ve done absolutely nothing wrong, but God is simply testing your faith? This is an important truth for you to understand, because if you don’t, you may get discouraged. The seeds of doubt and discouragement sprout in the soil of ignorance.”