I believe all things happen for two reasons: for God’s glory and your sanctification.
What is God’s purpose in all things? Him being glorified.
What about you? Well, He loves you, and wants you to be made more like Him (Sanctification).
Why is the sandpaper so rough? Because the wood needs to be smooth.
Life can be extremely difficult, but no matter the level of hurt, pain, or suffering, we can have peace. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Are you struggling to find peace? Maybe you need to lean into this phrase: “with thanksgiving.” God is sovereign and He is going to do what he wishes whether you acknowledge Him or bow the knee to Him or not. But it is when we recognize and are thankful for him being in control that the peace covers our hearts. It is a struggle – as humans, we don’t naturally want to relinquish a sense of control over our affairs. The reward – peace – is hugely important in a world where today, things in your own individual life might be getting pretty serious, and the affairs of the world seem to be pretty anti-Christian. It kind of seems like the Bible believing people are losing…badly…and about to get crushed.
There is a promise for both you the individual and the church as a whole. For your individual life, you can find peace when you recognize and are thankful for God’s perfect sovereignty over everything – that nothing happens outside of his control and everything happens with a very loving purpose: to make you more like Christ. As far as the battle outside goes, rest knowing that God has promised a little flock the world. Luke 12:32 says, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Yes, we Bible believing folk are a little flock, and it’s easy for the mighty armies of the world to rage havok on us, kill us, supress us, torture us, humiliate us, and make our wisdom appear to be folly. But it is just the opposite. You know what is a similarity with all of the movements, people, and groups that have tried to eliminate Christ’s church? They are all dead. And Christ rose from the dead. He is Lord over all.