I had dreams last night that I haven’t had for a long time. Dreams of rape and violence. Dreams of me shooting the rapists. These dreams are always disturbing and I used to feel sad all the next day and sometimes for many days following.
Just as I got out of bed, I heard in my mind, “How can God allow this to happen to you?” I laughed, and I’ll tell you why I laughed. I recognized that voice. It is the voice of Satan trying to rend me apart from God. But I’ve learned from Joyce Meyer to speak back to that voice in Bible verses. I say out loud, “The Lord is a shield around me, he is my glory, he is the lifter of my head.
The Lord is a strong tower I run to and I am safe.
The Lord is the strength of my life and my portion forever.”
As I quote these words, my spirit is lifted and I look up to God with thanksgiving. Jesus said, “In this world you will have many tribulations. But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Everyone’s tribulations are different. Yours may be financial, and you wonder why God has allowed this to happen. Perhaps you have lost a loved one. Maybe your husband or wife has left you. Quote the Bible, trust in the Lord and do good. We will never understand everything while we are here on earth. But we will understand afterwards.
Jesus once said to Peter, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
Jesus said about his death on the cross, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.” John 16:20
The Bible says Jesus was, “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” If the Son of God suffered here, why do we expect not to suffer? No, we have “entered into Christ’s sufferings.” Christ has been suffering since Lucifer led a host of his fellow angels, the children of God in heaven, to rebel against God’s government. I can’t imagine what it was like for the Trinity to lose so many they knew so well and loved so much.
I don’t mean to minimize the pain anyone is going through. I know the pain of divorce, death and abuse. But I also know that God has sufficient grace, peace and love for us to go through these things. He walks beside us. He will comfort us here, and at the end of time, he will abundantly reward us with a beautiful, pain-free life in heaven. There, all our hopes and dreams will come true. We will be surrounded by love and beauty.