Why God Allows Pressure

By Jeff Klick

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds" (James 1:2-4)

"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you (1 Peter 4:12)

Thanks a lot James and Peter for your comforting words! Why couldn't you just tell me I'm blessed and merrily on my way to heaven? Why couldn't you just tell me life will be wonderful and fuIl of joy and happiness? What's all this about trials and suffering?

The answer is simple, reality! There is no such thing as a life without pain and trouble. If this is true, then the question changes from "why is this happening," to "what am I suppose to learn?"

Pressures or trials come in many forms: job loss, arguments with family members, financial trouble, dashed expectations, sickness, deaths, unexpected problems of all kinds, sin in our own life, sin in others' lives, and a host of other ways. These are part of life and cannot be avoided totally. We really wouldn't want to avoid all difficulties or we would never grow.

God allows some or all of these problems to enter our lives. He could keep every one of them far from us, but He doesn't! God brings them in to show us ourselves, to help us grow to maturity, and to help us depend totally on Him.

We want to "walk in the light," or do we? What does light show? Light, as it is turned up brighter and brighter, reveals more of what is really there. The brighter the light, the more details we see, the more flaws we see, the more dirt we see, the more imperfections we see. God allows pressures to come into our lives to show us the dross. Dross is the scum that rises to the top when a precious metal is heated up. What comes to the top when we are "heated" up? Do we really want the light to shine on us during these times? There is nothing like a good trial to show us the dross in our life!

God allows pressures in our lives to help bring us to maturity. The hard times make us strong. We grow the most as we walk through the fires of life. As we are squeezed into His arms by trials and pressure, we grow. We learn best by making our mistakes. We become more and more mature as we fail and fail. Each time we fail, it drives us to our knees, and into His loving arms.

Problems also arise to show us just how dependent we must be on Him. "The Lord desires to show Himself strong on the behalf of those whose hearts are totally His" (2 Chron 16:9). Pride must be knocked out of us. God brings pressure on our egos and our self-reliance. The fire will continue to rise until we yield to Him. We are to be totally dependent on our Father. He desires to meet our needs, and lead us through this life. Often, we feel we can go through life without Him, but a good trial will bring us back to reality!

God allows pressures and trials to come into our lives because He loves us very much. If He left us to ourselves, we would never make any progress.

The next time you are in a major trial, look for the Hand of the Lord. What is He trying to say to you? Where is the light being shined? What dross is trying to be burned off? Rather than wasting our time complaining, let's see our loving Father, and His handiwork in situation.