“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Matthew 5:45
So many of us grew up hearing “what goes around, comes around.” But have we ever stopped to think about whether or not that statement lines up with Scripture?
Paul makes it very clear that a man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7). We see that to be true in our own lives when we must face the consequences of our decisions, good and bad. However, sometimes we can be too quick to think that difficult circumstances are a result of us making a mistake. While that can definitely be the case, it’s not true 100% of the time.
Whenever life starts to get frustrating, we have the tendency to start asking things like, “God, what did I do to deserve this?” or “Why is this happening to me?” But what if God was actually using tough times to produce growth in your life? Growing to become more like Christ is our ultimate purpose while we are on this earth. And it’s important to remember that in order for growth to take place, there must be sunshine and rain. Think about it. A flower needs just as much warm sunshine as it needs cold rain to bloom and flourish. Our faith is no different.
Jesus makes this point in the Sermon on the Mount when He says, “He [God] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45). It doesn’t matter how good you are, or how bad you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re deserving or not. In this life you will face times of sunshine and times of rain, and both are necessary if you want to mature in your faith.
So the next time you find yourself in the middle of a difficult or frustrating circumstance, instead of wondering why the tough times are happening to you, ask the Lord how the tough times can help you grow. In doing so, you will begin to see God not as a harsh judge waiting to deal you your punishment, but as a loving, Heavenly Father, conforming you more to the likeness of His Son.