Why would a Father in heaven who calls us his children–who says he loves us above all of his creations–who says he wants only the best for us–who wants us to be happy and enjoy life to the fullest–why does he let these things happen to us–if we are really that dear to him?” The scriptures and the prophets have some needed answers for us:
We should understand that a life filled with problems is no respecter of age or station in life. A life filled with trials is no respecter of position in the Church or social standing in the community. Challenges come to the young and to the aged–to the rich and to the poor–to the struggling student or the genius scientist–to the farmer, carpenter, lawyer, or doctor. Trials come to the strong and to the weak–to the sick and to the healthy.
Even to the simplest child as well as to a prophet of God. At times they seem to be more than we can bear.
We read in Helaman: “And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him.” (Hel. 12:3.)
“My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” (Heb. 12:5.)
Let us remember–trials are an evidence of a Father’s love. They are given as a blessing to his children. They are given as opportunities for growth.
The main question is, how do we approach them? How do we overcome them? How are we magnified by them?
There seems to be a reason why we lose our composure in adversity–why we think we can no longer cope with what we’re faced with here in this life. There is a reason why we give up, why we “fall apart at the seams” so to speak. The reason may be so simple that we lose sight of it. Could it be it’s because we begin to lose contact with our greatest source of strength–our Father in heaven? He is the key to our enjoying sweetness in adversity–in gaining strength from our trials–he and he alone.
We could cite Beethoven or Abraham Lincoln or Demosthenes who won out in a most difficult struggle to become a magnificent orator—but closer to us we see the great beauty and wisdom of ancient and modern scripture.
In speaking of the Savior, the scriptures tell us: “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Heb. 5:8.)
From Hebrews we also read: “My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” (Heb. 12:5.)
As a reassurance to us, let us read from the New Testament: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13.)
Did you get the significance of that scriptural promise—we will have no temptation or trial beyond our ability to overcome—he will provide a way for us to rise above—whatever it may be.
Continue reading more about adversity and the powers, such as prayer, that protect us in these learning experiences in life.