Trials are a part of everyone’s life. It is not a matter of if they will come, but when. Jesus told us in John 16:33 that we would have tribulation. Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:12 that all those that lived godly in Christ would suffer persecution. While this message warning contradicts today’s popular messages of health, wealth and prosperity, it is true. It is in trials and tribulations that we are molded and shaped into holiness. It is in the refining of the fire that we become pure.
So, how do you deal with trials in your life? Do you complain about the circumstances or rejoice with thanksgiving? Do you advertise your trials or bear them quietly? Do you indulge in self pity seeking sympathy from others or submerge yourself in service to others? I have to answer, yes! I’ve done all of those. Do not misunderstand. When we go through trials it is no small thing. But it is very easy to complain and become self focused. While trials are not fun, it is important to remember the many reasons we have them. Focusing upon the work that God is doing in our lives helps us through trials.
- Trials humble us.
- Trials wean us from our dependence of worldly things.
- Trials make us heavenly minded.
- Trials reveal what we really love.
- Trials teach us to value God’s blessings.
- Trials develop enduring strength for greater usefulness in the Kingdom.
- Trials enable us to help others during their trials.
- Trials test the strength of our faith.
It is through trials that our faith is strengthened. My husband always reminds me that the simplest definition of faith is “having confidence in the trustworthiness of God.”
How trustworthy is God? He will never fail me. He is always faithful. He has never left me or forsaken me. And He always does what is best. Our Father is faithful!
To learn more about God’s faithfulness, check out Living Out the Word: Faith, a verse-by-verse study through the book of James.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed,” James 1:2-6.