Life is often hard, but God is always good. His love for us is both unfailing and unconditional. He is infinitely compassionate and benevolent.
God cares for us so much that he has obligated himself to help us endure our afflictions, to produce goodness from them, and to resolve them as he deems best.
God’s commitment is summarized in a promise he first made centuries ago.
The promise—God will surely come to your aid—applies to every hurting person who earnestly seeks him.
Nature Of God’s Aid
God helps us cope with affliction by delivering peace, hope, comfort, strength, and stamina, as we walk in harmony with him.
He produces goodness from our suffering, both in our lives and in the lives of those within our sphere of influence.
He resolves our situation in accordance with the designs and objectives of his plans for us and for the people in our orbit.
If it were up to us, God’s aid would be preventative. He would arrange our lives in such a way that we never encountered affliction.
At the very least, he would minimize our suffering, when we do encounter affliction, by quickly improving our adverse circumstances.
As we know from experience, however, God does not always alleviate our distress as we wish for us or as we expect from him.
Suffering Raises Doubts
For this reason, suffering can raise doubts about God that make us reluctant to trust him.
However, suffering is not evidence that God is untrustworthy. It is the inevitable consequence of the sin that infects the world.
Promise Evidences Truths
God’s promise of aid justifies our trust in him during distress.
The promise—God will surely come to your aid—includes six implicit truths that evidence his character, compassion, and competence.
God exists. He is present with us. He sees our plight. He cares about us. He has the resources to help us. He has obligated himself to help us.
Note the extra emphasis in the pledge. The promise does not simply state, “God will come to your aid”.
It declares, “God will surely come to your aid”.
Primacy Of Faith
Trusting God amid affliction is easy when our ordeals are brief, infrequent, and mild, and our sense of fairness is never violated.
Trusting him when our suffering is severe, continuous, or unfair can be problematic. These conditions require us to exercise faith.
Faith means choosing to believe what God has revealed about himself, through nature and in the Bible, rather than inferring from our afflictions that he is mean, aloof, powerless, or non-existent.
By faith, we walk in harmony with God during distress under the assumption that he is always good, his ideas and methods are always superior to ours, and his love for us is indeed unfailing and unconditional.
By faith, we presume he will fulfill his promise of aid.
Walking In Harmony With God
God provides common good for everyone, but only those who walk in harmony with him gain access to the full array of his aid.
Walking in harmony with God requires us to be reborn spiritually, to commune with him regularly, and to obey his precepts as consistently as we can.
We can begin to walk in harmony with God at any time, regardless of our past unbelief or unrighteousness.
God changes us for the better as we walk in harmony with him amid affliction.
Subject to our permission, he reorients our lives around his plans, priorities, principles, and precepts, much to our ultimate delight.
He produces in us the divine attributes that constitute true contentment.
God Is Enough
God draws near to us as we walk in harmony with him during distress.
He reveals, in time, aspects of his excellence we would never comprehend if life was always easy.
We learn through experience that he is truly who he claims to be—our refuge, our comforter, our redeemer, our deliverer, and our friend.
We come to understand that when other sources of contentment fade, God himself is enough to satisfy our soul.
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