Are you ever puzzled with God's plan for your life especially during difficult moments? Do you ever wonder why a sovereign, all-powerful, and loving God allows hardships and grief in our lives? Or can we sing songs of trust and confidence in God through all the trials and heartaches? A couple years ago my husband, Bob, and I watched a powerful and thought provoking DVD that I have in my possession called, "Through None Go With Me." This movie addresses some of these questions. The movie is also based on a song with that same title.
In this movie the main character, Elizabeth, went through a series of heartbreaking circumstances that could have destroyed her faith. In her young adulthood she had vowed to always follow Jesus no matter where He lead. Yet in the course of her life she lost her first love, her father died unexpectedly, and her son and his wife were killed in a car accident. Later her husband, Will, developed dementia, and she eventually lost him to death.
Perhaps you are questioning why God has allowed certain trials and hardships in your life. We all face deep trials and hardships at times. There is no easy answer to this question, but we can know that God is a wise God, and He sometimes allows and appoints suffering in our lives both for our good and to encourage others. When we trust God in times of hardship God is glorified and others are encouraged in their faith. Elizabeth, in the movie to which I referred, was able to better serve and help others because of her suffering. She was able to relate to others better and thus help them in a more productive and loving way.
Suffering helps us run to God more quickly and can help us to love Him and His Word, the Bible, more intensely. His promises in His Word can become very precious to us during those times Throughout the years that I was my first husband's caregiver, saw him deteriorate step by step. and then die; I clung very tightly to God and His Word. I also did so when fighting breast cancer some years back. I further do that as I face current trials. During trials like these we can say to God, "---in faithfulness You have afflicted me." (Psalm 119:75) In times like these we can see that God is good.
During times of hardship we also learn patience and humility. We further ironically grow in our joy. This joy in turn causes our hearts and mouths to sing. This joy increases in times of trial when we respond to trials with submission. This is because we learn during these times that only Jesus is our ultimate joy.
What is your heartache or hardship today? Run to Jesus. Remember and make the words of the song mentioned above be your theme for life. "I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back. Through none go with me, still I will follow, no turning back, no turning back." Then yet another song flows through my mind. It is a song sung at my wedding to my new husband, Bob, now over two years ago. That song says, "Through it all I've learn to trust in Jesus. I've learn to trust in God. Through it all I've learn to depend upon His Word." (The picture above is of this writer singing this song at her wedding.)
Here is the link to the song, "Through It All": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcE9-AngoeM