Time and time again, the question has been asked, why do innocent people suffer? These individuals have a genuine question, that is seemingly impossible to answer. The world, on face value, appears to have many injustices. Good, kind, loving, people are the ones that tend to suffer the most misfortunes. Though, in our human sphere it may be impossible to find and answer, an answer does exist.
We have all heard the run of the mill answers to this question, “That ye may be the children of your Father that is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to arise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and unjust.” Matthew 5:45
“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” Ecclesiastes 9:10-11
These statements are true, however, in the spiritual realm there is a deeper answer. We are in spiritual warfare. The usurped prince of this world, Satan, is ever seeking whom he may devour. He wages war against all that is living Godly. He takes great pleasure to see the ones made in God’s own image, suffer.For instance, Job was a faultless man, and it was Satan that brought trouble upon his innocent head. He lost all of his 10 children, as well as all his substance, and suffered in physical pain. Yet, in the trying hour God protected his life, but he suffered. It is when we are living up to all we know and by following the Lord, that we threaten Satan’s kingdom.
Christ, was perfect in every point of life. He never sinned or fell short. Satan hated Christ the most, because He lived perfectly according to God law, which was to be Satan’s undoing. Christ suffered the most, at every turn He was assailed by the tempter. The pressure of His mission would have been unbearable for any of us to carry. The stress, loneliness and pain He endured is beyond our comprehension. Nevertheless, He remained pure and victorious.
Beloved, the battle is not yet over. The outlook ahead will be more trying for us as time continues. The Lord has been gracious enough to warn us of the coming trials, yet, He has promised not to leave us. We must have faith that the Lord hears us, whether we are facing our final doom in a dungeon like John the Baptist or if we live to see the Lord coming in the clouds; we should not despair whatever our fate.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.” 1 Peter 4:12-14
Let us put our hope and reward in Christ. He is enough, He is the peace we need whatever our circumstances may be. Like Job, you too will receive your reward. Perhaps it is not in this world, but surely, by God’s grace, it will be in the world to come. Remember:
“…We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
“Whenever the message of truth comes home to souls with special power, Satan stirs up his agents to start a dispute over some minor question. Thus he seeks to attract attention from the real issue. Whenever a good work is begun, there are cavilers ready to enter into dispute over forms or technicalities, to draw minds away from the living realities. When it appears that God is about to work in a special manner for His people, let them not be enticed into a controversy that will work only ruin of souls. The questions that most concern us are, Do I believe with saving faith on the Son of God? Is my life in harmony with the divine law? “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life.” “And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” John 3:36; 1 John 2:3.” ~ Desire of Ages 396God Bless,
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