We need to do the will of God if we want to receive the eternal life. But not all who talks about heaven will enter, only those who do the will of the Father will. (Matthew 7:21) ” Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
But doing His will is not that easy. There are many obstacles in the way. There are trials, tests and temptations that we need to overcome just to be righteous. Also, we need to realize that we are only temporary settlers of this world. We are only wanderers, and we need to bear all the things that we will experience while we are here on earth.
As a human, we worry for many things in our lives. It is normal to experience them. Life is designed to experience incompleteness, as such; we must not embrace the world too much and be attached to it, because the world cannot give us contentment. Only God can.
It is very common that we worry for our daily needs. It is written in the Bible. (Matthew 6: 31-33) “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”
And don’t say that we are the only ones who go through from worries and sufferings. The Bible says all people do. (Romans 8: 22-23) “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
Sufferings and incompleteness started when God punished the first people. Since then, life will not be trouble-free. We need to work if we want to eat. We need to work for every thing we need. (Genesis 3:16-19) “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
Consider also the troubles brought by the wickedness of mankind which intensifies the sufferings we are now experiencing. Long before, this was prophesied in the Bible, signs which will denote the start of all much worst situations. (Matthew 24:6 -7) “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
And since we have been taught of these things, we all know that during these situations, it is important to trust more to the Lord. A true servant puts his trust in the Lord and never fear for anything. (Psalms 112:7) “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.”
How important it is to trust the Lord? What is God’s guarantee for those who will trust Him?
When the Lord God promises, we can assure that promise is truthful. Anyone who trusts Him can rely on Him in all times. It is clear that He won’t leave us no matter what happens. (Hebrews 13: 6) “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Aside from trusting the Lord, what do we need to have so that we can carry out His will?
Like we know, it is not easy to overcome everything while we are accomplishing His will. We need to be patient, tolerant and enduring. (Hebrews 10:36) “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
Being tolerant means enduring all hardships and sufferings while maintaining God’s will in our lives. We try to overcome all trials, tests, temptations, earthly pleasures and sins because we know that these will only hinder us from being righteous before God. We even sacrifice certain areas in our lives and allow ourselves to experience painful sufferings because we know that it will be helpful in the growth of our faith. (1 Peter 1: 6-7) “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” (1 Peter 2: 20-21) “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”
Therefore, enduring all hardships and sufferings are an opportunity to create holy works and good deeds. If there are no sufferings, there’s no holiness. (2 Peter 1: 5-6) “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;”
We should not loose hope and trust when these hardships come. God will never allow us to suffer most, because He will carry us all the way until we overcome everything. All we need to do is to ask Him and seek Him. (Philippians 4: 6) “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Jesus describes those who put more trust in God are those who instill God’s words deeply in their hearts and minds. They let themselves grow with His words and eventually bear fruit of patience and tolerance. (Luke 8: 13-15) “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
Why did God allow us to suffer?
It is God’s will that we experience painful sufferings, that way, we entrust everything to Him and not on our own abilities. Also, He let us feel an insignificant amount of pains and sufferings so that we will not be strongly attached to this world. Through these, we realize that life here on earth is incomplete, imperfect and deficient. There is a life that is more than this life, a life where we can feel completeness, a life where we dwell with God forever, in His kingdom.
Sufferings and hardships are God’s ways to determine our faith. No abominations will enter God’s kingdom, that’s why we need to clean ourselves while we are here on earth. Most of the times, trials and sufferings make us holy and clean. (2 Thessalonians 1: 4-5) “So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:”
Faith was given to us through His grace. We need to keep this faith up and alive by enduring everything and doing whatever it takes. (Hebrews 10: 32) “But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;”
Any obstacles should be overcome to ensure our victory. (Hebrews 12: 1) “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”