Being a child of God comes with many, many benefits and assurances. One of them is that everything that happens in our life serves a purpose.
With God, nothing is purposeless, coincidental, or by accident. The God who created the heavens, the earth, and the universe is not capable of an accident. There is also nothing that has happened to you that He didn’t allow. Even the bad, hurtful, shameful things.
Why? People debate why God allows evil. Well, God loves us all so much that He created us with free will. If He didn’t then we would all just be robots. We wouldn’t be us. It’s the things we do that make us who we are. And with all the stupid things that we do, He still loves us and promises to never leave us nor forsake us.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8
Now, that’s love. And on top of that, God is so good, powerful, and magnificent, that He can still work with all of our mistakes and make it into something good! Goodness, I love Him! He’s unmatched. This is one of the ways that He works His power and shows us that yes, my friends, He is God. And God alone.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
God will sometimes allow painful situations in our lives to prevent us from being “exalted above measure” (II Corinthians 12:7). We all need to be humbled sometimes. If everything always went the way we wanted it to go and we never experienced pain, we would be no good to anybody. Our hurts develop our compassion.
When the apostle Paul cried out to God for relief from his pain, God’s reply was:
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” – II Corinthians 12:9
Life isn’t perfect. We’ve all experienced pain, hurts, and failures, but we must remind ourselves that with God everything serves a purpose. Sometimes it’s not even about the incident, but what God is trying to do through the incident. Our key to success is to humble ourselves, pull close to God, and allow Him to do what He’s trying to do in us. Yes, in us.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” – James 4:10