For me, the reasons vary. Sometimes He is trying to get someone’s attention, either yours or someone else’s. How do we respond to the turmoil? Do we walk in the faith we say we have or do we crumble and feel sorry for ourselves lashing out at those around us? (Guilty!)
I can do either one on any given day. Sometimes, my faith is strong and, sometimes, it waivers. Sometimes, I walk in wisdom and piety and, sometimes, I am, well, a mess.
What can I say? Good things happen. Bad things happen. People “traverse this earthly sod” in a “quest for meaning and relevance.” (Well, that sounded like intelli-speak, didn’t it?)
What is our purpose? Through the good and the bad times, I have to say we have several that I can think up. First, and foremost, we are to have a relationship with God, our Creator. It’s that simple. “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)
We are created to have communion with Him. The verse goes on to say, “And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (verse 39)
In essence, treat others as we wish to be treated. So I’m justified when I lose my patience with my children when they don’t do as I say? Well, I’d like to think so, but how do I want to be treated when I don’t do what God says? (Yeah, but, ah, well, maybe we need to address that some other time.)
I believe that God loves me and that He died on the cross for me. I believe in His goodness and His mercy. I believe that I need to be an example of Him found in Galatians 5:22-24, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and appetites and desires.”
Ultimately, we are troubled to help us draw closer to Him and to remember that no matter who we are, we need Him in our lives for direction and to keep us from thinking that we can accomplish our tasks in our own steam. We can’t.
Forgive me where I fail You, Lord. Thank You for never giving up on me.