Whenever we make the real choice to accept Jesus, to surrender to Him, to live by His commands, to serve, and to be a witness to His greatness. WE ARE ASKING FOR TROUBLE (seemingly). With all the peace and the joy that may come with turning your life over to God comes the testing of our faith.
Nowhere in His Word (Bible) is the promise that this life will be free from pain, conflict, suffering, etc. when we accept Christ. We will be tempted as a test of our faith. We are here to choose Him no matter what. He loves us unconditionally, enough to extend His arms (like offering a hug) and die. We offer the same to Him, to love Him back unconditionally (no matter what).
This “no matter what” can be a difficult feat especially when we are suffering; we quietly blame God for what has occurred that subsequently caused us pain. We blame Him for either creating it or allowing it—How could He betray me like this? He knows the pain this would cause me? Why isn’t He stopping this suffering?
What happens when we choose Him no matter what? The pain, for sure, does not automatically stop. When we step back from it, we can get a perspective of how this pain is an opportunity to growing our love and faith in Him. At the end of the day, we have to be prepared for eternity, where that road is narrow to enter. We have to not be lukewarm, which happens when we make our lives about us and not about Him. Choosing Him when pain comes, when discomfort comes, when disappointment comes, when prayers are not answered how and when we want them answered, and when He says no (for our own good), this prepares us. We shall not moved! James 1:2-4 says “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.