God did not design life to be easy and comfortable, He designed it to be hard, to be a challenge so that we will become like Jesus in character. Trials, tribulations, and hard times happen to all of us for various reasons, but the bottom line is our holiness and His glory.
Trials come into our life because We are reaping the consequences of bad choices. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, whatever you sow you will reap”. Our best response is to acknowledge our sin with no justification or blaming, and repent.
Trials also come into our life, not because of anything that We have done, but because God in His wisdom knows what challenges will grow our character and make us like Jesus. He sovereignly decides what is best and good and causes or allows it to happen. Our best response is to trust Him, and rejoice so we can grow to the max.
A third reason for bad things happening to us is so God can fix it, heal it, change it, and do a miracle so that He is glorified and people are brought to the point that they become followers of Jesus, and live in heaven forever.
John 9:1-3. As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Bad things are going to happen to me, guaranteed, that’s life. So I am deciding ahead of time how I will act, think, and talk when those trials come. I am choosing and deciding now that I will not complain, whine or feel sorry for myself as if I were above such experiences. I am choosing and deciding that I will trust God, that I will call on Him for strength to bear up well under the weight, and that I will look for opportunities to be His witness. I am choosing and deciding ahead of time that when I am miserable because of life I will set my mind on heaven, and remind myself, “life is about holiness and heaven is about happiness”.