After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking to conquer them for himself.
(2 Chronicles 32:1 NIV)
The previous chapter ends with a positive evaluation of King Hezekiah of Judah, “This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered” (2 Chronicles 31:20-21). Clearly, Hezekiah had done nothing to deserve the invasion from King Sennacherib of Assyria, but as the story unfolds, God had a purpose behind it. Similarly, sometimes we too may encounter difficulties that aren’t necessarily a result of anything bad that we’ve done, but when we look back afterwards, we can testify that God had a reason for allowing us to go through them, and it’s usually for His glory and our good.
God allows us to experience hardships for a reason.