Anyone who says God's children doesn't face hard times in life, well, you should know such person is saying nonsense, there is no such thing as a life in Christ Jesus without trials, even Jesus taught us so, for each day has enough trouble of it's own, it might not be actual trouble, just things to test your faith, but we fret not, for through His faith we are kept strong till our final day on earth.
Now a days many prefer being lazy Christians, they want an easy life, yes everyone wants an easy life, but an easy life in Christ is always accompanied with trials and these trials are also the root of our joy, our testimony in Christ Jesus. These trials are there to support us, to make us know where we are coming from, who brought us out and where He is leading us to, they're there to build in us, a more intimate relationship with God.
Many wants to preach blessing and prosperity without teaching how to receive and live with the giver of all these. And when you don't have Jesus in your heart, whatever blessing you receive is from the devil and it'll never last, it'll bring you more pain in the long run, while the sufferings for Christ comes with peace, such that the world cannot give.
The suffering of others increases day after day, because they have forgotten the reason for their creation, they have forgotten who created us and neglected have Him, because they thought they can do everything on our own. The sufferings people face today are numerous be it; sickness, poverty, frustration, depression, just name it, but all these are of one cause " sin." When a man sins against God, God turns His face away from him, leaving to do as he pleases, and he doesn't just do as he please he does the will of his father the devil.
The world is in great peril today not because God wants it to, he is never happy about it, but turning away from Him, He has delivered men unto the hands of Satan to bring sufferings upon them, these sufferings He gave men into, aren't just there to make him suffer, but that they should realize that there is a God who can deliver them from that which is tormenting them, only if they can surrender their hearts back to Him in sincerity.
It doesn't matter whether you are rich or poor, weak or strong, as long as you don't have Christ you have an unnecessary burden to carry in life, making you have no peace, no matter how rich one can be, he can be plunged with deadly or incurable diseases, he can go bankrupt immediately no matter how much wealth he amasses, no matter how far you succeed in life, finish from the best university in the world, attain one of the highest position, God can send you crashing to the ground just to make you remember Him.
Whether you are a celebrity, it doesn't matter, everyone have that which is troubling them, and the worse that can ever happen is refusing to change at the end and winding up in hell. The sufferings of the wicked will cause them to perish, only if they decide to remember their God ( God calls them wicked, because anyone who does not do His will is His enemy ).
The sufferings of others brings nothing but unnecessary pain, a hymn writer wrote these words;
" oh what things we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we don't carry everything to God in prayer."
Some people will call suffering " hustling " thinking that, at the end when they get to the top they'll tell of their past, well call it whatever you like, it doesn't matter as long as you don't stop cursing God by continually living in sin. If you don't realize your suffering is to make you remember who you've forgotten, then you'll continue suffering and suffering, even when you get to the top, a new grade of suffering will come, as you level up, a new boss of suffering will be there waiting.
A prophet once said;
" even though you have all the money, instead of spending them, they will spend you, because you'll spend it all on things you don't want, like; sickness, debt and son on."
God uses the worst possible scenario, be it prison, or death of someone close to us, to punish us, all for us to go back to him.
We humans are just like the Israelites, the cure is very simple, turn back to your God and He'll remember you and take away your burden. But the world is so filled with evil, the hearts of men have been corrupted by evil to indulge even more in it, they'll say;
" If you aren't smart you can't survive in this life."
This life is just a passing through, all of the sufferings you are going through, they all direct and dictates your path and where you'll end up, in hell or in God's kingdom. And when you've depart this world it'll look as if this world didn't exist, then you'll realize they're all vanity upon vanity to determines where you'll wind up.
" They stumbles because they disobey the message, which is what they're destined for."
The lord punishes us when we go astray, not because He is wicked, but because He created us to become His sons, and in other of fulfill that, He makes us face despair until we come to our sense.
The Lord discipline those He loves and punishes those who are His sons. He punishes those who are in the world to call them back, but for those who are born of God, He chastises, He disciplines, why? Because we are children. Once a child, we need to be disciplined, a child can't grow on his own, because he has little sense of the world around him, and so it is the duty of the father to discipline him when he is going astray, these discipline are not to punish him, but to keep him on the right path.
Most Africans, their father has disciplined them in one way or the other, to keep us in the path they thought was right for us, even if they were wrong at times, but all the same, when a child is disciplined by the father no matter how many times, the child doesn't hate the father, but still runs to him. He might not see the result of his discipline, but when he has grown, he will not depart from that which he has gotten from the father. Our earthly parents disciplines us for their own good and we respected them for it, how much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!
As i said, a man born again, is a child spiritually and so he need to be disciplined, he need to be taught and guided by God, that when he has grown to become a son to inherit from his Father he will be fully grown having knowledge of that which pleases the Father, he will never be able to depart from the ways of the Father, he lives and does everything to please Him.
Still a child, no matter his discipline, can still see the father as wicked and go the wrong, path, this is where the Antichrist comes from, for they were from amongst us. The Antichrist we see today are not unbeliever, but people who have tasted of the spirit of God and has fallen astray, oh! how difficult it is for them to turn back to God. Not being able to face God, the devil then uses them to fight against God's kingdom, this is were all sort of false doctrines and false teachings came from.
A Christian faces difficulties in life not to frustrate him but to build a closer relationship with God and to prepare him for the things ahead God has in store for him, for he will not take you to a new height when he hasn't prepared you for it.
God might discipline us children in so many ways based on the height of our faith, based on how much we have grown, it might be to humble you when you're become proud, just like Paul, it might be taking away all your wealth, to make you realize He's the one who gives and takes, He might stop you from going far in life for some a while, until you come back to Him so that His true purpose for your life will be fulfilled, and His true purpose for us to be closer to Him, so we can work and strategize with Him for the expansion of His kingdom.
Take my life for example, sometimes when i do look back, i always thank God for making me write college entrance exam five times, if he hadn't stopped me for five years i wouldn't be where i am today in Christ Jesus. I wonder what would have happened to me. At first I decided to follow Him out of fear of death, ( because gospel bring judgement ) I did try, but for years i went back into the world. It was until I got to my finals in high school, i had already planned my life,
" since i am intelligent, I'll get into college in one shot," I thought.
But since I wasn't following Him, He stopped me for five years until i came to my senses.
The moment i decided it doesn't matter whether I fail ten times, I'll get a side job and still live for God, that was the moment He gave me admission into college. He did it in a way that I'll be able to tell that He's the one who did it, and that he has a purpose planned, designed and orchestrated for me, not of the ambition of this world but for His kingdom. And now i can boldly say; i am of Christ, living a life without sin and doing the biddings of my Father.
You know some time later I met a girl in school who came to preach to me, she told me her story. All that happened to her, the exact details, birth, time and year, when we decided to follow Jesus, how she was disciplined, was the same as mine, exactly the same, every detail, the only difference was that she is a lady and i am a man.
You now see how the Lord works for our salvation to bring us back to Him so we can become His vessel. As we grown in Him, He'll always discipline us according to our faith, so we can have knowledge of that which pleases Him and live a holy life for Him, readying to carry out the assignment He has for us.