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Why Do Believers See Difficult Times? Where’s The Hope?

Have you ever asked God, “Why?” Hope in the Morning host Kevin Groves certainly has… 

I was talking with someone recently and they made the comment that it seems people are going through more now than just a few years ago. Most of us would jump at the chance for the problems of the world in years past, rather than the fear and uncertainty of today. Viruses, school shootings, social unrest, political wars… it’s exhausting and it feels like it’s all happened overnight. 

As believers, we often question why God allows these things to impact His people. I mean, shouldn’t we be ‘exempt’ from the struggles of the earth? Why should we be bothered with the rain when we know the Rain-Maker? 

WHY DO BELIEVERS STILL HAVE HARD TIMES?

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We can know the answer to this question from Jesus, Himself. He tells us in the Sermon on the Mount…

“…God makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”

Matthew 5:45

There is an ebb and flow to the natural world. God made it that way. There are good days and bad days for everyone, believers and unbelievers alike. In other words, life doesn’t ask.

"LIFE DOESN'T ASK."

Kevin Groves

Jesus told us ‘in this world, you will have struggles’. This fact may not seem fair but imagine for just a moment the parking lot at the mall on a stormy day. It’s a torrential rain. The unsaved headed for their cars are getting pounded by the wind and rain. Meanwhile, believers are calmly walking to our cars completely dry, not a hair out of place.

It wouldn’t take many rain storms before the world would take notice of such a strange anomaly and choose Christ simply to stay dry! But their assumption would be that we’ve also chosen Christ just to get immunity for the storms.

ASK WHY, THEN MOVE FORWARD

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It’s safe to say that God isn’t looking for “fair-weather” believers. It’s perfectly normal to ask God, “Why?” I’ve done it many times! But regardless of the answer we get (or don’t get), we move forward in our Christian walk because God is worthy. God loves us. And God wants us to love Him in spite of the rain and the struggles of this life.

Job said in Job 1, “though He slay me, I will serve Him.” Wow. I’m not there yet, but that’s where I want to be. It is true that life doesn’t ask, but God has promised (1 Corinthians 10:13) to see us through it all!

Has there ever been a point when you asked God, “Why”? If so, tell us what God showed you in the comments.

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