Have you ever asked God the question: Why God are you allowing me or my loved ones to suffer like this? If you have ever gone through some type of emotional, spiritual, or physical pain, then chances are you have asked or thought about this question.
The first thing we need to know is this- during our times of suffering, God is near even when He seems far away. God is walking right along with us especially during our times of suffering, even when we feel isolated from Him. He has not abandoned us, for we are His children and He loves us and cares for us. We must realize that He is watching over us and is doing what is best for us. When we suffer, we may feel isolated from God, but the reality is that God is with us step-by-step…Isn’t that encouraging news?
Secondly, God’s timing is perfect with His assistance, even when He appears catastrophically late. When we suffer, we naturally want God to immediately take away our pain. But sometimes, He can be agonizingly slow in solving the problems that we bring to His attention. When we suffer, there is a possibility that God is allowing us to go through it for His purpose and for our own good.
Once, a man found a cocoon of an emperor moth and took it home so he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. One day a small opening appeared. The man sat and watched the moth for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. To the man it appeared as if the moth had gotten as far as it could in breaking out of the cocoon and was stuck.
Out of kindness, the man decided to help the moth. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon so that the moth could get out. Soon the moth emerged, but it had a swollen body and small-shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the moth, expecting that in time the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would simultaneously, contract to its proper size. But nothing happened.
In fact, that little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly. The man in his kindness didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get though the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body into the wings so that the moth would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Just as the moth could only achieve freedom and flight as a result of struggling, we often need to struggle to become all that God intends for us to be. Sometimes, we wish that God would remove our struggles and take away all the obstacles; but just as the man crippled the emperor moth, so we would be crippled if God did that for us. God doesn’t take away our problems and difficulties, but He promises to be with us in the midst of them and to use them to restore us, making us into better, stronger people.
If you have been suffering as of late, I hope that this message has uplifted your spirit and you are bold to say in the midst of sufferings- “I Still Believe!!!”