I’ve tried to ponder this question with all it’s ramifications and it just brings more questions to my mind. I realize we all have different trials and no one gets out of this life without them.
Let me dump out my random thoughts and ask for your feedback. First I think many of our trials are caused by two things, our own stupid actions/choices and “crap happens”. Earth life and mortal bodies bring sickness, disease and injuries. Our choices can bring sickness etc. but they are more likely to bring trials like emotional or financial trials.
The trials that come from consequences of my actions should be such that I can own up to them and take responsibilty for them. I shouldn’t “blame” God for them or wonder why He “gave” them to me, He probably didn’t.
Sickness and disease trials are different than choices trials to me. Some people fight health problems all their lives, some only later in life, some not much at all. Sure some of these trials can be from the consequences of our own actions, but part of it can be from “bad” genes, or where you grew up or even where you are living now.
Does God give us emotional, financial, or health trials? Scriptually it appears He does…there’s plenty of examples. But, why? The simple Sunday School answer is so we can learn…to be humble…trust in Him…be more empathic of others…etc.
As a loving father I have a difficult time thinking that I would cause a trial for one of my children, on purpose. Sure I want them to learn certain “lessons” but they don’t have to experience everything first hand to learn it. I didn’t have to take Rusty out to the garage and smash his thumb with a hammer…he was perfectly capable of doing that himself. I didn’t have to take him over to Mike’s house and expose him to the measles so he’d know about sickness. Or force him to smoke so he can understand what cancer is all about.
If Rusty had never smashed his thumb with a hammer would I feel it necessary to make sure he has that experience in his life and intervene so it happens? Maybe he doesn’t need this experience but his brother Bret does, so I make sure he gets it instead.
I guess it all comes down to thinking is God so involved with every detail of my life that He customizes certain trials so I get the experiences I need. Therefore I should be grateful for all my trials because I don’t know which ones He put on me and which ones I brought on myself. Do I thank Him for the ones I bring on myself? How do I tell the difference?
Random thoughts….maybe you have reasonable answers?