This World Is Not My Home

“The Lord sends poverty and wealth, He humbles and He exalts.”
1 Samuel 2:7

We're told in our verse today that God is behind the circumstances of our lives—whatever they are.

If our life is going along well, we can accept this idea readily. In other words, we feel we have favour with God.

However, if we discover ourselves in a trial, we wonder what happened. Where did God go?

It sometimes seems that He's left us. We don't wish to “blame” God for our sorrow, but we can feel a distance between Him and us.

Many think that if God is loving, omnipotent, and wise, He should keep us from harm and protect us in the journey of life. But sorrow comes even for the best of Christians and we wonder which attribute of God is missing from the equation.

Knowing and believing that He is all powerful and that He loves us, we have difficulty understanding why He allows evil to exist in the world He has made. It just doesn't square with what we believe about His attributes.

So how do we explain the suffering we experience?

Atheists use this argument to insist that a loving and all powerful God couldn't exist if He allows bad things to happen, especially to those who believe in and worship Him.

When someone raises this objection, it's reasonable to ask them what they're doing to relieve the suffering they see.

Do they support charities whose mission it is to relieve suffering around the world? If they don't, we might suggest that they begin to do their part to alleviate what suffering they can—if they're serious and really care.

Do we have the power and resources to help others who are suffering? I believe God has given some of us more than we need in order that we can give generously to those who have less than they need.

So we're left to trust in what we're taught about who God is and not let what He does separate us from Him. We can't always understand the activity of God—who is so much greater than we are.

God also uses trials in our lives to draw us near to Him in times of need—and sometimes to refine us—so we can have sin purged from our lives.

When we suffer—and submit to God’s will in the matter—then we glorify God, and He shall reward us in due time.

Don't waste your suffering. Instead, reach out to others in similar situations and tell them how the Lord is enabling you to endure.

If life is treating you well, reach out to the ones around you who could use help, and seek to serve their needs. There's much to do to alleviate the hurt that is around us—if we will look and see.

Remember, if you're a follower of Jesus, this world is not your home. A place is being prepared for you in heaven, where God Himself shall wipe all tears from your eyes the day you enter your reward.

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