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Why does Jesus let Christians go through such horrible and difficult trails?


Thank you for your honest spiritual enquiry about trials.

The question of why God allows His people to suffer is a difficult one and one that many Christians have struggled with, however, the Word of God does provide answers, comfort and encouragement for us today.

Firstly, it’s important to realise that the very fact that we belong to Christ means that we will suffer; Jesus Himself was clear in this. "Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you." (John 15:20)

Jesus said: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy saying you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3:10-12)

Secondly, Christians suffer as a result of the very fact of being human and belonging to a fallen world. When Adam fell and sin entered the world, the whole of humanity and the created world was affected, and so as broken people living in a broken world, we Christians are still not immune! We will be touched by this fallen world in all ways.

Thank God that this is not the end of the story and that Christ will, at the appointed time, return to restore all things; He will make all things new. The apostle Paul tells us for I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:18-19).

Finally, we should never forget that we have an enemy who hates God’s people and seeks their harm. We are warned to be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We should constantly be on our guard to watch out for his attacks on our minds and hearts. This is why we are to protect ourselves with the armour of God. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:10-13)

To summarise then, for whatever reason we are suffering trials and hardship, whether through the attacks of the enemy, or through sickness and other stresses, or at the hands of others, it’s crucial to realise that God our heavenly Father is allowing this for an even greater reason that is often hard for us to enter into fullness of understanding, and that is that we are being transformed through them into the image of His Son.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:1-4).

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Romans 5:3-5
  • Romans 8:18
  • 1 Peter 4:12-19

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