We often ask these questions when trials and tough issues come our way.
When I ask this question, God gives me answers. One of the answers is Romans 5. “Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
I have learned to watch for God moving in my life as I’m persevering through trials. Where is he re-molding me? What thoughts is he renewing in my mind through this suffering? What is he washing out of my life through all of these tears?
I know he is building my faith as I persevere because it’s never more obvious to me how much I need him than when I’m going through a painful experience. And I have watched him strengthen my character as I persevere. He reveals areas of weakness in my thinking and replaces them with his truth. He tests my convictions and transforms me as I ask for wisdom in my trials.
Through all of this, he gives me hope. I can see him working. My trust in God grows as I watch him bring light out of the dark sufferings in my life. He has a purpose. He has a plan as he draws me closer to him.
As I count on him, God covers the pain with his grace and love – every day.
This is why.
Thank you for answering my question, Abba Father.