God didn’t plan for us to struggle. He created the world perfect, but pain and suffering are the direct result of sin. God does not tempt humans (James 1:13). People have brought this condition of affairs upon themselves through disobedience (Genesis 1:27, 31; 3:15–19; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Romans 6:23).
One thing is sure, God loves all people to the point that He gave His Son to die and save them, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). So, we can fully trust in God who loved us to death.
The Lord uses all struggles and trials to help us develop our character (1 Peter 4:12, 13). Therefore, when we struggle, we should not say that God sent the temptations. God only permits it. And if met in the strength God supplies, struggles may be the means of promoting our growth in grace. For the Lord “works all things together for good” for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Through all of life’s trials and struggles, we are promised full victory, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
In addition to God’s help and strength through trials, we have the assurance that no trial will be beyond our ability to bear it and that “he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). And God promises, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee” (Psalm 50:15).
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