What good can come from trials and hardships? Why does God say to count it all joy when encountering difficult circumstances? Why are we to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all things?
The answer is because hardship create intimacy with God. When we cannot resolve our problems it forces us to look to Him, deepening our relationship with Him. Sometimes we get angry with God and back away for long periods of time, yet when we emerge on the other side we are somehow closer.
God was intimate with our fore parents in the garden of Eden. God walked with Adam in the cool of the day, but fellowship between God and man broke because of sin. Intimacy was shattered and man was alone with his fears. Mankind became orphans on an orphan planet.
Yet God has a way of working all things together for good. Sin brings hardships. The curse introduces trials and testing. It is in hardship that man begins to cry out for what he has lost. Man once again longs for the One he once walked with. God responds and intimacy is restored. Man’s dependence on God keeps bringing him back into God’s orbit. The longer we spend time with God the greater the intimacy that is established.
In invite you to allow each problem of this day to create an intimacy with God instead of frustration with the situation and yourself.
Scott Davis +