-by Melanie Mercedes-

 I want to be sensitive to those whose trials or tribulations came through the hands of evil people and evil intentions. You may have heard this but I know that some need to hear it again, it is not your fault. Some may be mad at God, know that He did not cause it nor was He pleased with the evil done against you. The blood spilled on the cross was the only blood that pleased Him and defeated death so that God, through the Holy Spirit may dwell within us. He has given us free will and unfortunately, the free will of some; harms others. He is not pleased with the evil, know that there will be a day when evil is eradicated. (Revelation 21:4, Isaiah 25:8, Isaiah 35:10, Isaiah 51:11) (DISCLAIMER: I do not say this lightly, if you are experiencing abuse, please call the authorities, or tell someone and allow them to call the authorities on your behalf)

That day will come when evil is done and over with. Pain is done and over with. Crying is done and over with. I know what you’re asking next, “but why not now?”. He is giving all a chance to turn around to Him. That is grace. He desires that all repent and be saved and desires not to lose not one. (2 PETER 3:9)
So until that day God will use everything that happens for your good.

Though God does not create these trials nor the evil things that may happen to us, He does not allow it to happen in vain. Meaning, the very thing that the enemy has intended for your death, God will use to give you a new life, a new beauty, a new outlook, a new level of endurance and a new level of perseverance. Which will all produce in you a character that will only strengthen the hope you carry and a hope that will effect the hope of others. My favorite pastor, Dr. Eric Mason once said “Don’t let your difficulty be your God”, I say to allow your troubles to draw you closer to God for God is near the broken hearted. If you have to cry to Him, cry. If you have questions, ask them. If you’re angry, express it. Take it all to the throne and lay it there. Though there may be a specific reason for specific circumstances, the shortest answer to why God allows these times of trouble lays in Romans 5:3-5 and 8:28.

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”As added advice, seek wise, wise, wise, and Godly counsel. Whether it be a pastor, leader, even professional therapists, who hold the word of God at a high esteem. Expose sin that needs to be exposed if your trials come from the hands of another person. And, I say with respect, call authorities if the offense is criminal. Trials will come, for everyday, part of life trials, remember to press into God and do not allow a root of bitterness to form against Him. He is always working, even when we don’t see it. Persevere and allow the difficulty of life to draw you closer to God and produce fruit in your life.

Disclaimer: Wondering Wednesdays are meant to be a fun and creative way to share advice as a friend and sister. I am not a license therapist or counselor, just a girl who wants to share the knowledge that has been shared with her. Always feel free to contact a professional when necessary.