Why do we feel as though God is the one that is afflicting us? We turn to Him at times and say… “Why God…why are you doing this to me but do we fully understand the true reason for each of our moments of affliction?” In Psalm 34:19, we read…“The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too but the Lord helps him in each and every one.”
I remember a time in my own life, when I would be so overwhelmed, with all the deep heartache and pain, due to multiple knee surgeries…counseling for sexual abuse…along with the loss of many things in my life, including children. As one thing began to pile on top of another; I was beginning to feel as though it was about to crash down upon me. I would cry out to God repeatedly and say…“Why God?” What are you doing to me?” After many long years of crying out to God; He began to slowly reveal the purpose behind each problem I was experiencing and in the end, I discovered that God wasn’t the one afflicting me but rather He was allowing the moments that had been brought on by evil, to strengthen me…produce new growth and equip me, for who I am today. As I look back to those moments…I see that time as a spiritual boot camp, where God was training me and preparing me, for the moments that I would have to experience right now.
How is it that God seems to be the first one to get the blame, when He is a God that stands for good…not evil? I have come to see that Satan is the culprit, to not only our afflictions but also how he controls them; for he not only places a thorn of affliction within our side but he stands around and wiggles the thorn, as we allow him to have that control, by the way we react to each moment of affliction.
Today, we need to turn around and take a clearer look at what is actually happening to us and remember that good cannot produce evil. Once we get our thoughts turned around and begin to put the blame on Satan, rather than God; then we will be able to clearly seek the true purpose and plan, for each difficult moment that God has allowed within our lives.