Nobody can avoid life’s hardships. According to our age we will confront them in different ways but, there is a direct relationship between our faith and the solution. There are other factors like the culture and environment that have some influence on us also but God is essential. Our personalities will be molded in this long process. Our communion usually varies with age. A young fellow without experience reacts differently than an adult before the same adversity. From a Christian point of view, generally speaking, there will be two options with each hardship. We can become so angry and disturbed and complain asking how this could happen to us or, we go looking for God’s answer and counsel. We need to remember that He is our Divine Master and that He has provided wisdom for our decisions. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV).
Living with hardships makes it difficult to follow a road of sanctity, and sometimes, all seems unfavorable. If this is your case and you have chosen to suffer with resignation, let me tell you, that makes no sense. God has permitted hardships so we are able to learn to trust in Him through obedience and faith. Actually, most people, the youth particularly, have been invaded by a lack of patience and everything must have an instantaneous answer. What is good in many things, thanks to new technology, is bad for our spirits. To have an instantaneous answer is not generally in God’s way of teaching.
The farmer knows in advance that abundant harvest is not always feasible. Because it depends on a good and proper seed, the soil being prepared according to the soil texture and that he needs to sow in the right time. Furthermore, he will need the right weather for his crop. Something similar happens with our lives. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV). In a moment of hardship, God is waiting to extend to our broken hearts an opportunity for His seed of healing and teaching.
We will not find such a solution in our own solitude. God is waiting to see your attitude — if you are able to bow before Him and leave everything in His hands — to see if you will believe and expect His grace. It is not so easy because we are saved by our faith and not our works. It is a common mistake to believe in cheap grace. Our hardships are most often rooted in wrong decisions, faithlessness and sin. It needs to be understood that the truth lies in God. “To deviate from the truth can never be wise...The wisest course for the disciple is always to abide solely by the Word of God in all simplicity.” (Dietrich Bonheoffer) “Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20 (ESV)
We learn from hardships and we could teach others to overcome it when we give a testimony of obedience to God. Hardships are always part of the Divine teaching.
May God bless you.