My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. –Proverbs 3:11-12
Sometimes the Lord lets us go through trials and difficulties so that we are formed more in his image. This sounds like an uncaring God right? I mean, that’s what a lot of people say, how could a God that is loving and caring let difficulties happen. But isn’t that how we grow?
How do we grow?
How do we learn? We learn from failures, we learn through pain. We naturally do not like to be in difficult situations, so we naturally try to find away to get out of them. We do like to be comfortable, and when we’re comfortable, we have no incentive to change. When I was playing sports, I learned more through the losses and difficulties than when we were having our winning streaks. Losing is not fun, so I changed what I did so I had a better chance to win.
When we lift weights, we put our muscles under stress, we challenge our muscles, pushing them past what we think they can handle. There will be pain afterwords, but that pain (muscle fibers tearing) causes the muscle to repair itself and to grow bigger. Down the road, our muscles can then handle more weight.
Spiritual growth is a lot like lifting weights. We go through difficulties and trials that push us past what we thought we could handle. It makes us grow, it gives us wisdom. Then we learn to handle more.
Difficult times allows us to have a connection with others, and helps build community. Sometimes those difficult times allow us to have a testimony to others. We should never shy away from our trials. Doesn’t mean we have to like it, but we should understand that God uses it for His will in our life. Just as parents correct their children because they love them, God does the same with his children.