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This 7 part series was inspired by a talk given by Jeremy McClung, pastor of Muskoka Community Church

God tells us we must go through many trials in the Path of God:

I know that thou art in difficulty, but this difficulty is conducive to the everlasting felicity and this weakness is followed by the supreme strength. (Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 264-265)

Yes, we will have good times, but they will always be followed by bad and vice versa:

Be not troubled in poverty nor confident in riches, for poverty is followed by riches, and riches are followed by poverty.  (Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words 51)

So we shouldn’t attach too much importance to either:

Should prosperity befall thee, rejoice not, and should abasement come upon thee, grieve not, for both shall pass away and be no more.  (Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words 52)

If you’re going through sad times now, you’ll go through good times again, as we’re promised:

Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain.  (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 329)

God hears our cries for help, and has promised never to forsake us:

God never forsakes His children who strive and work and pray!  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 30)

Even though it might seem like He has:

God, the Vigilant, the Just, the Loving, the All-Wise . . . will [not] be willing to abandon His children to their fate.  (Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 4-5)

Have you ever tried to escape suffering?  How do these quotes give you another perspective?

For more in this series:

Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Role of Free Will and Suffering

Misconceptions about Suffering

What Good Can Come From Suffering?

How Should We Respond To Suffering

How Can We Help Someone Who is Suffering

And previous blog postings on the same topic:

Why Does Life Have to Hurt So Much?

Suffering Through Tests:

Suffering is Not Optional, But We Can Change How Long We Stay Stuck: