Let me say right here at the beginning that nothing just "happens" to the true child of God. God either causes or allows what takes place in our lives. It has been said that nothing can touch a child of God unless it first passes through the permissive will of God. If He allows it, He has a good reason. Trust Him! I want to give some examples of what He might allow (admittedly, these would not be pleasant), and then suggest an alternative perspective. Let's start with disease. It affords an opportunity to trust, when there seems to be no basis for doing so. It might be an open door to intercessory prayer for others. It might be God's means of getting our attention. Next, what about suffering? Does this help us understand how much more that Jesus suffered? Going on, what about being jailed for something of which we are not guilty? Is this a way that we could enjoy much quality time with our Lord? Another possibility: someone damages our reputation, unjustly? Didn't they do that to our Savior? Does this help us to appreciate more what He endured for us? Lastly, let's think about death. Usually, nothing is harder but we who know Him will be home in Heaven, forever! Don't think that I am suggesting "positive thinking." I'm simply saying that one day we will understand why these things were allowed and actually realize that God, in His love and in His infinite wisdom, had a purpose so grand that we will be grateful that He allowed it. Selah! God allowed awful things to occur in Jesus' Life on earth but look at what it accomplished! Ron
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His Purpose (Romans 8:29).
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).