All Christians have suffered loss, or been harmed by others, or passed through times of trouble and discouragement. The question is, "Why did God let it happen?" Is God really in control? If I am God’s child why did He let me suffer this grief, go through such agony, and feel that He is not there to answer my prayers?

When bad things happen we feel frustrated, angry, and guilty. We feel grief, sadness, and despair when a loved one dies or some important possession is taken from us. Could not God have prevented it? The answer is yes! So, why does He allow His children to go through times of trouble?

To understand the reason why, we must look at life from God's viewpoint. It is important that we learn that God is showing us that our beloved possessions are not to be trusted, that He humbles the proud, that He is developing a testimony within us, and that the greater our problems the greater His help and support.

We must learn to call upon God in the day of trouble, to humble myself under His hand of discipline, and to believe and acknowledge that all events are to our benefit! We must learn to see the bigger picture. When we see God's viewpoint, then we will understand why bad things happened to us.

"He will guide the humble in justice. He will teach the humble his way." Psalm 25:9. Our viewpoint must be one of meekness not of weakness. The opposite of meekness is the person who does his own will, not the will of God. Pride brings on God’s immediate discipline and the proud person does NOT see the reasons why bad things happen to him.

"Blessed are the pure in heart,for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8. The opposite of having a pure heart is having a polluted heart. Polluted hearts come from watching the trash on TV, listening to the beat and message of contemporary music, and viewing and reading pornography. We must see the things of life the way God sees them. Pollution causes confusion in our minds not allowing us to comprehend God’s methods.

"One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him." John 14:21. Because God loves us He disciplines us. Those who have a greater love are more obedient requiring less discipline.

"Now the natural man doesn't receive the things of God's Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can't know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14 Spiritual people do not use the philosophies of the world to explain God’s viewpoint. The world view and God’s view are opposites of each other. Spiritual truths are explained in the Bible and in the revelations of the Holy Spirit, and these truths confirm God's love and care for us.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh." Isaiah 55:8. Repentance is turning from the ways of the world and going the direction God directs. His way is straight and pointed toward the light of heaven. The world's way is crooked and leads to darkness and destruction. Let us not confuse the two! Only when we are in God's light can we see the reason for our problems.

"Now the natural man doesn't receive the things of God's Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can't know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is judged by no one. "For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him?" But we have Christ's mind." 1 Corinthians 2:14,15. When we have the mine of Christ, thinking His thoughts after Him, we will be able to discern why things happen to us, both good and bad.

"The friendship of Yahweh is with those who fear him. He will show them his covenant." Psalm 25:14. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and it takes wisdom to understand why things happen to us. In the day of trouble let's ask God for wisdom, not rely on the wisdom of the world.

"But as it is written, 'Things which an eye didn't see, and an ear didn't hear, which didn't enter into the heart of man, these God has prepared for those who love him.' But to us, God revealed them through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God." 1 Corinthians 2:9,10. To love God should be our life's goal. Those who love God know that regardless of what happens it is for the best. For we know the great love God has for us. To love God means to love His Word, to love people, and to learn skills that will help people.

God's promises that all things will work together for good when we love Him. And the good that all things are working together for is to conform us to the image of Christ. But, to claim this promise we must be under God's protection willing to obey the authorities He has put over us.

An unknown author wrote the following

One by one God took them from me
All the things I valued most;
Until I was empty-handed,
Every glittering toy was lost.

And I walked earth's highways,
Grieving, in my rags and poverty.
Until I heard His voice inviting,
"Lift those empty hands to Me!"

Then I turned my hands to heaven,
And He filled them with His riches,
Until they could contain no more.

And at last I comprehended
With my stupid mind, and dull,
That God cannot pour His riches
Into hands already full.

When we learn to see events from God's viewpoint, that they are actually for our benefit and not for our destruction, it becomes easy to obey the following commands. Otherwise we will find them impossible to obey.

1. "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18) It is difficult to give thanks when we are looking at events from our perspective. However, if we see these same events from God's point of view and learn how they will benefit us, it is easy to give thanks.

2. "Trust in Yahweh with all your heart,and don't lean on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5) It is hard to trust in the Lord if we do not understand why He allows things to happen to us and do not see them as benefiting us. We must ask God the reason why? What benefit am I receiving from this trouble? Then trust God to do what is best for us.

3. "Yahweh is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? Yahweh is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1) Fear is not from God, but from Satan. We tend to fear what we do not understand, and we tend to worship the things we fear. Fear is a natural response of seeing a situation from man's point of view.

4. "Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4) It is hard to rejoice in events that normally produce the opposite emotions. However, if we see these same events from God's point of view and realize that they are designed for our good, it becomes easy to rejoice.

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
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