Thanks for stopping by my blog today. If you’ve popped over from reading my devotion, then you know that one of the reasons God uses trails in our lives to test our commitment. When you face some trial in your life, what is your first response?
• Trust God
• Question God
• Run and hide
• Blame someone for my troubles
• Become discouraged
If you’ve been reading my post, then you know that my son has had a tough time the past few weeks. Not only has he been sick with Chickenpox and allergies, but he’s been in a batting slump. Discouraged, he asked, “Why is this happening to me, mom?”
I knew exactly where he was coming from. I’ve faced trails in my own life that have caught me off guard and caused me to question God, too. We all have. And yet, Peter has this to say.
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12).
Peter also says, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6,7).
While Peter confirms that genuine faith is produced by our testing’s and trials, he also has something comforting to say. Though the hardship is necessary for our faith, it will only last for a little while. Anything can be endured for a little while. Think about the winter months. How is it that we survive the cold bitter snows of winter? We do so because we know they will not last forever. Spring is coming.
We can also endure when we know the purpose of our trials.
Trials are to be expected in the life of the believer. They come to us because:
• We live in a fallen world.
• We are objects of satanic warfare.
• We are our own source of trials through disobedience, sin, bad choices, or wrong decisions.
• And some trials originate with God—for:
Cleansing and purification for greater service
Testing our endurance and our devotion to Christ
Demonstrate His power to sustain us
Building up of our faith
What’s our response? You and I are to…
• Trust God by recalling His faithfulness in past experiences
• Preserve and endure
• Look to what the trail is accomplishing. 1 James 2-4 states that our trails are making us perfect, complete (or mature), and lacking in nothing. You and I can experience joy instead of discouragement when we look ahead to the result of our testing.
• Remember that God is allowing this in my life for something good, and that He is going to demonstrate His sustaining power in my life. God is going to prosper me through this trial no matter how painful it is right now.
A part of me wanted to rescue my son from his heartache. But that would have only caused him an injustice. God was not just building his faith these past weeks. He’s been building his character. That’s the ultimate goal. And God will allow whatever necessary to accomplish that goal in each of our lives.
The truth is…you and I will encounter trials and heartaches in life, but we have Christ to walk through them with us. We don’t have to depend on artificial means of coping because we’ve got God living on the inside of us. He will sustain us through any and every trial in life. In the end, we will become His trophies of grace.