Have you ever prayed for God to remove you from a situation or take something from your life? We often find ourselves praising God for what he keeps us from, but not understanding why we must endure many things we have to go through.

2Co 12:7 

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Sometimes God will just not move your mountains it’s not because He does not care but that there is a greater purpose to be gained in your trials.

Paul had this problem as well and God laid out His reason to Paul, and Paul was not the only one we see throughout scripture that God does not always remove our mountains. There are many examples where God let People who truly loved and followed him go through things to bring glory and honor to Him and provide a testimony to the world of His power.

 

 Let’s look at a few examples from Scripture

 

 

God did not keep Daniel from the Lions den.

Dan 6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

But he changed the heart of a King through Daniels trials.

Dan 6:25  Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.

26  I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.

God did not keep Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the furnace but brought glory to Himself in their ordeal.

 

Dan 3:28  Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.

 

God did not keep Paul and Shilas from prison but brought salvation to a Philippian jailer and his family through their imprisonment.

He did not keep Steven from the stoners but used his testimony to begin the transformation of Saul into Paul.

Act 7:52  Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

53  Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

54  When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

55  But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

56  And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

57  Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

58  And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

59  And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

60  And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Like Stephen all the others except John would face death for the cause of Christ. God would not deliver them from persecution but would give them a great testimony in it.

Though John would not be martyred God would still leave him in many trials he would be boiled in oil and then exiled to the mines of Patmos where he would suffer under brutal conditions.

Yet God would give to the Church His final revelation of hope through John’s pen.

So don’t let your faith grow weak when the mountain seem insurmountable when your trials seem to great for God has a plan in the mist of your troubles, He has a plan to bring Glory to His name.

God will not always move your mountain or your trial but this is for certain He will be with you through it and will keep you in His power, and even if He takes you home, it is good