Pastor Bob Hammond
(Originally published October 2010)
Recently, we've seen a number of people in our church face great trials. Many times, people ask why the LORD allows us to experience serious illnesses and other trials.
Often, we see that that the LORD allows great trials into our lives in order to get our attention. In Psalm 119:67, the psalmist wrote, “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.” How true it is that the LORD can use serious afflictions to bring us to Him!
Other times, the LORD simply wants us to experience His comfort so that we can be better-equipped to comfort others. Consider this verse that Paul wrote to the church members at Corinth:
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Of course, in the case of Job, we also see that, sometimes, the trial has nothing at all to do with us! But the LORD can still use our response to the trial as a testimony to others -- as He did when Paul, Silas and Timothy were imprisoned at Philippi (Acts 16).
In any event, we can know that Christ is in control of all things – and 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)