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Q: Life sometimes seems too hard, and sometimes it seems downright unfair. I can’t help but wonder if God really loves me. If He does, why does He make life so much harder for me than He does for some others?

A: God loves each and every one of us, including you, and He wants nothing more than for us to love Him back and live close to Him. He also has a loving plan for each of us that He knows will bring out the best in us and be best for us in the long run.

Unfortunately, the biggest obstacle He faces in carrying out that plan is our trying so hard to follow our own plans instead. We try to make something of ourselves—usually a very distant second best to what He wants to make of us—so He has to keep breaking and trying to remake us. He does this by allowing “bad” things in our lives to get us to the point where we recognize how much we need Him and are willing to turn things over to Him.

He works differently in each of our hearts and lives because we’re all different and He knows what will best accomplish His purpose in each life. It’s all to the same end, though: that we might learn beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are hopelessly insufficient in ourselves. Once we know this, then He has a chance to step in and give us the help that He’s been trying to give all along.

He allows some people to have physical problems, hoping that they’ll see that they can’t heal themselves and turn to Him. He gives others good health but lets them suffer some other loss, hoping that they’ll turn to Him to fill that void. He gives some people prosperity, power, or recognition, but these often carry heavy burdens of responsibility that others may not see—burdens that are intended to cause the bearers to turn to God for help.

He has many ways of working in our lives, and things don’t always seem fair or equal. But whatever He allows to happen to you, it’s because He loves you. If God goes to the trouble of numbering the hairs of your head, as Jesus said He does (Matthew 10:30), He’s clearly concerned about you. And if He’s that concerned, surely He wants to make your every experience a step forward.

The next time you go through an especially hard time or life seems unfair, try thanking Him for it. That’s contrary to human nature, but it’s the best way in the world to tell Him that you’ve come to the end of your human resources, that you love Him no matter what, and that you’re counting on Him to turn the latest “bad” situation to your good. You’ll be amazed at what a difference that attitude will make. God will heap on His blessings.

 
Uphill Gains
By David Brandt Berg

Life can be a struggle at times. It takes faith and courage and a lot of fight. The trouble with some people is that they stop trying in trying times. They give up mentally and they give up spiritually. But the Bible tells us, “Men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1), and, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

It’s amazing what faith can accomplish, especially if you’ve got not only faith but a lot of gumption and get-up-and-go. You’ve got to put some gumption into it. You’ve got to put some real “umph” into it! It’s been said that triumph is 10% “try” and 90% “umph!” The will is powerful. “The spirit of a man will sustain him … but who can bear a broken spirit?” (Proverbs 18:14).

Strong faith and a strong will have many times overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and handicaps. When you’re weak and incapable and insufficient, then Jesus has a chance to be strong and capable and sufficient in you. He says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Jesus always has the victory for you if you’ll keep going to Him for help. So don’t give up too soon. Don’t quit just before the victory. Anything wonderful can happen in that little margin of time when you don’t give up but keep on believing and keep on praying.

It’s thrilling to look back and see your progress—to look back down that rugged mountain road you’ve just come over and to see that you’re really getting somewhere—but it’s even more exciting to look forward and up to heights you’re soon to attain and views you’re soon to thrill to if you keep climbing and don’t quit!

 
 

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Author: Frederick Olson

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.

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