If God is fair why doesn’t everyone have equal amount of tribulations?

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People have different experiences based on their choices, circumstances, genes, backgrounds…etc. Therefore, people may not have an equal amount of tribulations and trials. There are no two persons that are identical in this world. The element of freedom of choice plays a big role in each person’s life.

It is impossible for humans to understand the dynamics that affect each person’s life especially because some of these dynamics are totally hidden. Its, therefore, impossible to determine what kind of tribulations each person may be going through just by looking from the outside. What could be a weakness for someone may be another person’s strength.

God does not tempt humans (James 1:13). People has brought this condition of affairs upon themselves by their disobedience (Gen. 1:27, 31; 3:15–19; Eccl. 7:29; Rom. 6:23). Since this is the case, God uses these trials to develop the human character according to His will (1 Peter 4:12, 13). When men are tempted, therefore, they should not say that God send the temptations. God only permits it. Moreover, if rightly met, in the strength God supplies, tribulations may be the means of enhancing the Christian’s growth in grace.

One thing is sure that God loved all His children 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 whosoever believeth 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.

And the Lord “works all things together for good” for those the love Him (Romans 8:28). Even the tribulations and suffering of this life, far from hindering our salvation, may help it forward. Through all of life’s trials and tribulations, Christians are promised full victory “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). God has also assured His children that no trial will test them beyond their ability to bear it, and “he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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