Yesterday, I wrote about how I have been finding blessings amid struggles in my life. I received a very thought-filled question about this from a reader who asked, “Why does God continue to test people and make them struggle in the first place.”
I admit that I am not a theologian, so I don’t have a “proper” answer to this, but I will try to speak from what I have observed in my own life and hope it helps. I don’t think that God tests people. It’s not his way, even though to us it might seem like a test, I think that the obstacles that we come across in life are ways that can help us either crumble, or grow, in our faith. I don’t think those obstacles come from God, but just from life and the different circumstances we all encounter. I do think that God does give us the tools to get us through those struggles, though.
Just thinking of my own life, I have had to deal with a very difficult struggle in the form of the loss of a loved one. As I struggled with this, I turned to particular family and friends to find comfort. Some people were not equipped to help me, but others provided the exact help I needed—love, support and, particularly, assistance in my own faith which at the time was not strong at all. I was questioning God and wondering if he had abandoned me. These people, however, made me see that God was present throughout my struggles, helping me. And one of the ways God helped me was by putting those people in my life when I needed them.
Basically, I think life and people cause us to struggle, and God provides us with a way to survive through it, with the help of our faith.
Readers, what do you think? Do you think that God provides a way to help people through trials and struggles? How do you think God has helped you in your life?