Why do people has to first experience pain in order to realize and change? This has always been our situation. Seldom have I heard that someone skipped through this step of learning through life. Most of good stories in books and movies have this kind of plot. Well, maybe God has designed life that way since man has been very disobedient to His will. Undeniably, man has always followed his own trail, defying the rules that are imposed to him, wandering his own way. Man knows what would cause him harm. He knew that it is not good for him. But what can you expect from man? Man in nature is basically inclined to disobedience or sin since Adam and Eve defied God in the land of Eden. Most of the time we already know what is right and wrong but we tend to drift away from the good because we find the wrong doing so easy to do. We let ourselves drown from our own wrongdoings. So basically it is our fault most of the time.
But by God’s grace and great love, He gives us lots of opportunities to change. However, due to the hardness of our hearts we still continued on our own ways. God gives reminders first through our conscience. If we wont listen to the small voice inside us, God would use people to remind or warn us. But even after so many reminders we still wont listen, then undesirable circumstances may happen to us just to make us realize that we have to change. God didn’t do this to us, it is us that made it on ourselves.
Most of the time we don’t know this. Now that we know, hope that we can live in that knowledge.