10 Many pains come to the wicked,
but the one who trusts in the LORD
will have faithful love surrounding him.
The thing that I believe many people use as their ‘leave me alone about Christianity card’ is the whole statement of “well, if God loves us so much, then why do we have so much pain and so much hurt around the world?” This seems so stupid to me.
#1. God never does anything without reason.
I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was 11 years old. As an 11 year old girl, without a present father, I wondered and asked God on several occasions, “why me?” Now, looking back, had that not happened I would not nearly be close to what I am now. I doubt that I would be married, a teacher, and I doubt my family would still consider me family. My mother was the wild child and I was just like her. But I believe God knew that my mom would not be capable of containing a little person just like herself, therefore God broke my heart as an 11 year old child and started forming it up Himself. I am thankful for all the things that have happened to me.
Side note: You might have asked, “You questioned God?!” Well, yes. I believe God doesn’t mind us asking why. Now, if we say “why, you idiot”, that’s a different story. God wants us to bring everything to Him. Even our angers toward Him so He can show us that He loves us.
#2. God doesn’t create pain because He likes to see us hurt.
God creates pain because it makes a person grow. I grew up fast when my mother died. I still act like a kid now, even though I’m 23. But overall, I matured quick. God doesn’t want you to spend days inside your house because you are lonely or depressed. Why do you think one of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) is joy?
#3. God does send those He loves through things.
If yo read the book of James you will see that God puts some of us through the fire. If you have ever been sent through the fire by God, praise Him for that. Here is why: He knew you could make it through. Have you ever gone through something and everyone said things like, “I could never make it through that.”? Well, they aren’t lying. They couldn’t. Not where they were at that point. Maybe later. God only puts on you what you can bare. He’s told us that.
#4. Ultimately, those who are in Christ have no pains.
James tells us that once we’ve completed a trial God gives us a crown of life. I believe every one’s ultimate trial is life. We are given one and God wants to watch us use it. He has given us different things to equip us for Himself, and wants to see just how much we are going to give back. As soon as we die, the final trial, those who really love Christ and have served Him well, will never have any more pains, or sufferings, or trials, or temptations. Wont that be so wonderful?!
Ultimately, those who are wicked, are punished. But if you follow God to your utmost, He will wrap Himself around you in so many ways. He will surround you with His love, which is better than life itself.