I seem to be asking myself this question a lot; especially recently. How do we continue persevering through trials and why do these trials occur? In this post I will share four specific reasons God allows trials in our lives.
I was overwhelmed with excitement when God put it on my heart to begin writing to share my faith and my testimony! I’ve always wanted the opportunity to write and also enjoy helping and inspiring others. Unfortunately there have been several trials, tests, and distractions throughout this process. I must admit at times I get really discouraged. However, the good news is that the more trials I experience, my hope and faith increase!
Jesus stated in the gospel of John that we will suffer trials and tribulations.
John 16:33 reads.. “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but take courage, I have overcome the world.”
I must admit there are times that I do not feel very courageous and wish that my trials or distractions would just go away! Don’t we all feel like that sometimes?
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, the apostle Paul said “I asked the Lord three times to remove a thorn in my flesh….”. God’s response was in verse 8. “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness….”
Paul asked God repeatedly to remove whatever trial He was experiencing; I sure we all have asked the question to God before… “WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?”
God’s answer to Paul is , “My grace is sufficient” meaning I may not take the trials away but I will give you the strength you need to come through the trial.(Remember the three Jewish boys that were thrown into the fire ? Daniel chapter 3) A 4th person protected them in the fiery furnace and they came out unharmed and did not even smell of smoke!
“My power is perfected in weakness”. We can experience God’s power manifested in our lives when we are going through trials and suffering. Does our faith in God increase when things are all going are way? Not likely. However, when we cry out to God as we go through the trial; we have been promised the grace and power of God. Going through these adversities WILL strengthen our faith.
Here are FOUR reasons why trials occur in our lives.
First– We live in a fallen world. Since the fall of Adam and Eve disobeying God, there has been sin in the world. nobody had to “teach me ” how to be selfish as a young child. In fact I may have said “mine” before I said “mommy”. Okay maybe not but you get the drift. Just watch the news and we are reminded every day that there is sin in the world.
Second-We are being disciplined by God for committing sin. Yes God loves us but He is a holy God and cannot tolerate sin. There must be discipline when we disobey Him. Just like when your child disobeys you discipline them. It does not mean you don’t love them but you want them to grow up to be a productive part of the society we live in.
Dueteronomy 8:5 “Thus you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a father disciplines his son.”
Third-We need to learn something. It may be humility, compassion, or even self control that God wants to teach us. He is using the trial to train us to be more like Him and remind us of who we are in Christ. God also wants us as Christians to be a ” light” in this dark world.(Matthew.5:16) We sometimes need to experience adversity to be reminded of this.
Fourth-We see God’s power magnified! In John 11 Jesus’ friend Lazarus was dead and his sister Mary said to Jesus “if you had come sooner my brother would not be dead.” Jesus response was .” Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God.” (John 11:40) When the trial we are experiencing cannot be solved or fixed in our strength, that is when we see God’s power intervening. Christians around you see God working as well. They are encouraged and unbelievers may come to know Christ based on what they have witnessed in your life!
We may never truly know the reasons for the trials we are experience until we get to Heaven. (remember the terrible trials that happened to Job!) He never received an explanation for unthinkable trials he suffered but he definitely had a clear understanding of who God is afterwards.(Job 42)
When we seek God during our trials; we will have a closer relationship with Him. we begin to understand that God loves us and He wants what’s best for us. However, that does not mean we are living on “easy street”. Think about a sculpture before it is completed. The hammer and chisel are used continuously and with great care before the beautiful masterpiece is finished.
Until we reach heaven; believers in Christ are continually a work in progress. As we persevere through the trials; God is glorified,our faith increases, and we can be a living testimony that is pleasing to and glorifies Him!
Food for Thought
So how do you cope with your distractions,trials?
What lesson is God wanting to teach you right now?
Is there intentional sin present in your life?