This question is probably asked and pondered a lot by Christians and people in general. I’ve looked at God as one who protects and provides for us in our times of need. There are many scriptures in the Bible promising that God is our deliverer, healer, and protector. However, many times God doesn’t always protect us or deliver us from our many problems and circumstances.
What are we as children to do when this occurs?
Would you allow your child to suffer?
When I think of my children, I couldn’t imagine seeing them going through difficulties in life and refusing to help them. I’d do my best to try and alleviate their suffering. But if I assist them with every problem and challenge they face, they wouldn’t have an opportunity to grow and become stronger. I’d actually stagnate their growth process by providing them assistance through every single issue. They’d never be allotted the chance to utilize their own unique strengths and developments to discover ways of resolving their issues by themselves.
This could present later challenges for them as they prepare to enter adulthood and face the world on their own.
What if your child faced a grave challenge? Maybe a stalker was trying to kidnap and rape them. Or they were in a car accident and were hurt very badly. Of course if our children are in imminent danger we’d come to their defense, right?
This is where things become confusing as Christians. We hear about missionaries going to other countries and suffering an immense amount of abuse at the hands of their captors. We often wonder why God hasn’t delivered them and allows them to suffer through the most excruciating things. Even though it isn’t God who’s directly causing the suffering, we feel He should be doing something to protect them, right? After all, these missionaries sacrificed everything and left their homes and families to do the work of God. Now they are suffering at the hands of their enemies, and God isn’t doing anything to help or save them.
Should we expect God to help us in these circumstances or should we suffer in silence and let His glory unfold? How much suffering is enough, and when should God intervene? What if the suffering consisted of being physically abused and raped repeatedly? I’m asking because this is something I’ve sustained while doing God’s work. It’s one of the many forms of abuse I’ve suffered as a servant of God.
When you answer the call of the Lord, you’re not always aware of the repercussions you’ll have to face as a result. I entered into this assignment with the faith and encouragement that God would protect me. I never expected the things that have happened to me and my family to happen at all. I ask myself if I knew what would happen before accepting His call, would I have answered. I’m not so sure my answer would’ve been a resolute yes.
As Christians we can expect to suffer at times, but what if your calling requires you to suffer all of the time? What if you have to endure the most excruciating and devastating forms of suffering for Christ? What if you have to watch your children suffer as well as a result of your obedience to God? Would you still accept the call?