Q. Why does God allow hardship and trials? A. For our good, according to Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to those that are the called according to His purpose.” “All things” would include extreme trials such as the death of a loved one, or a major illness; it would include a job loss or prison time.
What is the good that “all things working together” actually accomplishes? Romans 8:29: “For whom He did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His dear Son…”
God allows hardships and trials to make us into the image of His Son. THAT’S GOOD. So if this time in prison makes this poor sinner a little more like Jesus, it will be good and I will be happy.
We are not discouraged or depressed about the future, because God is in the future and we are with God, therefore we are encouraged.
There are some things that can never be locked up behind prison walls. Truth. Conscience. Moral righteousness. The saving Gospel of Jesus.
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
By the grace of and mercy of God we will remain free, free indeed.
Feb. 4, 2016