2. There is a purpose to everything that we undergo as believers.
No trial is wasted. No testing is wasted. God allows us to undergo things for different reasons. It could be that He is allowing us to undergo a particular thing because He wants to use our situation to encourage someone else or to bring someone to Him. Our testimony can be a source of encouragement to someone else. We never know just what God is up to.
In Philippians 1:12-14, Paul says “Now I want you to know that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the Word of God more courageously and fearlessly”.
Sometimes it is simply not about us, but it is always about God! It could be that He wants to remove certain traits or behaviors that we have; something or things that cause our claim to Christianity to be questioned; something that may be dragging us down or holding us back spiritually. And He is using the situation to help us to get rid of them. And at the same time, He is trying to develop certain traits in us that are more Christ-like.
John 15:1-2 says “ am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful”.
God’s word is clear in Isaiah that His ways are not our ways neither are His thoughts our thoughts. God does not do things in the way that we want them done. He does them in His way. God knows what He is doing and He knows the lessons that each and every one of us his children need to learn – lessons of patience, forgiveness, kindness, lessons to develop our prayer life etc. Whatever it is, He will place us in those situations sometimes over and over again so that we can learn what He wants to teach us. And in the end, when we come out of it is when we will understand just what God was doing all the time.
If we go back to the story of Joseph in Genesis 50:20, Joseph tells his brothers “You intended to harm me but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”.
There is no way that Joseph could have known what God’s plan was, but he knew that God was with him and he trusted him and we must do the same.