For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. Lamentations 3:33
Author Patrick Morley reminds us that God does not bring affliction upon us willingly:
He finds no pleasure in our pain. God is not the root cause of our problems; He is the solution. The reason for many of our afflictions is our disobedience to the will of God—doing our own thing, living by the desires of the sinful nature. The sinful nature leads us into good ideas that are not God ideas. One good idea leads to another, and before long we have wandered away from the Lord. . .
Because our personal relationship with Him is God’s highest priority, He invariably afflicts the life of the one who strays. But He never does this willingly or with enjoyment . . . His Spirit grieves when we wander, and when He afflicts us sorrow pierces the heart of God . . .
The normal believer’s expectation is that he can live twenty years pursuing the God he wanted, turn to the God who is, and twenty minutes later all the issues will be resolved. That is not how God works.
God’s business is to sanctify our lives of every alien thought. When we begin to bring thoughts captive to make them obedient to Christ, we discover that deprogramming from the secular life view takes as long as the programming did. It takes as long to abandon TO Christ as it did to abandon FROM Christ.
Father, You are the solution to my problems. I abandon myself to You.