Ever since devoting my life to Christ in 2010, I have had a major interest in understanding the Bible for what it truly says. 2 Timothy contains what has become one of my favorite verses. 2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” With this being said, a popular heresy within the Christian world is that once becoming a Christian, your life will always be “peaches and cream.” This is simply not true, and in fact could be discouraging to Christians who are promised to endure trials in their lives. Over the years I have come to realize that trials are not as bad as they seem. No really they aren’t! They will of course seem terrible as we go through them but I’ll explain why we should be thankful for trials and how we can benefit from them. Why We Should Be Thankful For Trials In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians he was explaining a trial that he was going through. God allowed Paul to see a revelation so great that Paul would have become conceited from the knowledge of it. To prevent this, Paul received a “thorn in the flesh.” He begged God
to remove this thorn three times and God’s response was: 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 (ESV) But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Paul goes on to say that he will boast all the more gladly of his weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon him. For the sake of Christ, then, he is content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. I love Paul’s response because he is in full
submission to God’s will. We too often focus on God removing our trial and miss the lesson that we can learn from it. The ending result is pain and suffering for no reason and a wasted opportunity. We have to realize that the creator of all things has told us that His grace is sufficient for us. There is no need to worry! Now we should be thankful for the trial because our
Father is focusing on an area of our lives that he wants us to improve. This is true love! When you realize this, it becomes an opportunity for growth if we respond correctly.
A Few Reasons for Trials
Although we cannot pretend to know all of what God is thinking because His thoughts are higher than ours, we can rely on His Word and the Holy Spirit to reveal many things to us. We should pray and ask God why He is allowing a trial in our life so we can learn and ultimately benefit from it. In the interest of keeping this article from becoming extremely lengthy, I will just list a few reasons that God allows us to go through trials along with some scripture references.
– Dependence. (Exodus 3: 11-12, John 15:5, 2 Corinthians: 9-10)
Sometimes God wants to show us that His grace is sufficient for us and we need not rely on anything else.
– Growth. (Romans 5: 3-5, Philippians 1:6, James 1: 2-4)
“The gem cannot be polished without friction.” Adversity produces character and allows us to
– Help. (Matthew 22: 37-40, 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4, Galatians 6:2)
Sometimes God will allow us to go through trials so that we can help others who will later go
through similar trials. Example: David tells us not to envy evil doers in Psalm 37. If you read 1
Samuel 25 about David and Nabal you will understand more about this Psalm.
– Protection. (Psalm 91: 1-16, Psalm 121: 5-8, 1 John 5:18)
God sees our entire lifeline and sometimes needs to get our attention so that we do not continue
down the wrong path.
While trying to find the reason for my latest trial, I was pointed in the direction of the
book of Haggai. I had never studied this book even though it is only two short chapters. In this book God told Haggai that the people were looking for much and finding little. He said they what they were bringing home, He blew away. He struck all of the products of their work with diseases, mildew, and hail. The reason was they were concentrating more on building their own houses and not rebuilding the Lord’s house. I realized that I was guilty of the same thing they were. I was concentrating on building my own house and not the Lord’s. My career was all that I was thinking about without
considering what it is that God actually wanted me to do. I feel as if he dried up my finances in order to get my attention and redirect me to His will and away from mine. Now I finally feel thatI am on the correct path because my focus is finding my purpose according to His will. This time was extremely valuable because I learned how to appreciate a trial, seeing God’s love in it and also how to benefit from it. This is a lesson that will stay with me my entire life. I hope this helps someone change their thought process about trials! I believe it’s all about our approach and our heart towards God. If we really love Him we will obey His commandments, even at the cost of our own will. Athletes, entrepreneurs, and all of the
successful people of the world understand that adversity and even failure helps you grow, but sometimes it is hard for us to understand this in our walk with God. It is exciting to think how much more valuable it can be to go through adversity with God!
God bless you guys!