Saturday, January 14, 2012

Purpose of Troubles

 4For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
 5They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
 6Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
 7Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
 8They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
 9They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 

Purpose of Troubles

What is the purpose of troubles? Why does God allow Christians to go through so many difficulties? As His children, why are our lives not filled with comfort and ease?

In Psalm 73, the writer answers these questions. As he gazes upon the lives of comfort and ease, he notices something else about the wicked. Do they appreciate the comforts of life they possess? Do these comforts make them nicer people?

Actually, the reverse is true. What does the psalmist notice about the wicked? Though their strength is firm, and they do not seem to have troubles and plagues like other men, their lives are filled with violence. Pride rears its ugly head in their lives, and in their corruption they shake their fists in the face of God and rail against Him.

Just a short tour of history reminds us that possessions and ease bring corruption and oppression. Does it have to be this way? No! The fault does not lie in the possessions we own or the ease of life that comes our way. However, our natures are such that our own pride brings corruption. Rather than looking to God as the source of our hope and joy, we take pride in our own greatness and abilities.

As we look through the annals of history, we realize that God's people seem to have been the strongest when their lives were filled with persecution and difficulties. Just because we are children of God, we are not immune to the sin and pride of man. It was pride which caused Adam and Eve to sin (they could be like God), and pride will tear our hearts away from the Lord.

Could it be, then, that the purpose of troubles is to drive us to the Lord? We serve an amazing God, who understands the innermost secrets of our hearts. His goal for us in life is not to provide us with comfort and prosperity, but rather to draw us to Him.
 8Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
 9And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. (Matthew 18:8-9, King James Version)

It is better to live a life of trouble and difficulties that we may live an eternity with our Lord!

God Bless You,

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