The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.
When we seek God first in all things and live the way that He tells us is best, we receive direction. You reveal to me the path of life [Psalm 16:11].
There are not as many sign posts, nor as much clarity, when living life in sin, for self. You miss much of the beauty of God’s direction when going against Him. That is a hard life.
“Abba, Father,” He said, “all things are possible for you! Take this cup away from me! But-not what I want, but what You want.”
Since God can do anything, it is safe to say that when we experience any affliction or suffering (especially one which is not a direct consequence of our own sin), that it must be within His purview and ability to accomplish His perfect, beyond-our-comprehension will. If we endure, the reward is insanely great. Jesus went thru the greatest possible suffering and was rewarded accordingly, seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, the Creator of all we know, and no doubt beyond what we know.
What if we viewed every single nuance of our life as given or allowed by our loving Father in order to train us to become what He would have us to be? How would our attitude change if we saw everything as for our perfecting? And what if we chose to trust that the more difficult the training, the greater the role He must be preparing us for?
Will you tap out and remain where you are?
Or will you persevere and become an elite warrior of YHWH? A warrior whose skill is not any form of attack, but rather loving people the way God loves people–the most powerful weapon in the universe. For what other weapon changes the hearts of people?
Total trust and surrender is what He asks of us. Complete care and protection of our souls is what He promises.
We have nothing to fear.