Have you ever faced a difficulty in your life that made it difficult to trust in God?
A friend of mine, whom I will name Tom, once shared part of his story with me. In his life he had to face something that even though common in our days was very difficult to deal with. As he reached the age of 14, his brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a mental disorder that many times has a severe behavioral impact. Unfortunately for Tom, his brother suffered from a delusion of persecution due to his condition, and the only way he was able to deal with it was through violent “self-defense.” What made it even more difficult for Tom was that his brother saw him as the source of his persecution, and so, his violent acts were always aimed at him. Growing up with Tom I noticed that he was always wearing sunglasses even after sunset. This called my attention, but I always believed it was a fashion thing. What I didn’t know was that he did it to cover the black eyes and bruises on his face. I didn’t get to know this until many years later. Just like Tom, sometimes we are faced with adverse situations in which we do not find ways to escape. Tom hid his reality from everyone, but amazingly enough he never lost his faith in God.
Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:17 wrote: “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.”
To lead a life assigned by God while facing adversity is difficult and sometimes it feels impossible. As he writes his letter, Paul gives encouragement to people who face adversity in their marriage; however, adversity exists in all aspects of life. When you give God the chance to guide you and comfort you, He will give you the strength to be victorious in the midst of turmoil. Tom still trusts in God, for He has been there for him always. He allowed God to be his guide and comfort even when the world didn’t know what he was facing. In a situation like that, one could question whether or not God cares about our sufferings. But He never gives us trials greater that what we can bear. (1 Corinthians 10:13) Eventually things got better. Now he is in college and full of blessings. His brother is doing a lot better, too. He is also in college and does not suffer from violent outbursts anymore. Surely God was with Tom in adversity. Do you trust that God can be with you too? Give Him a chance and see how His love can comfort those who trust in Him.