I’ve been thinking a lot lately of the many trials that so many people I know are facing. It always seems to have the greatest detrimental effect when children are involved. A little 5 year old boy in our community lost his hand in a freak accident and almost died. Thankfully he is now recovering at a hospital. Everyone feels vulnerable and sympathetic when tragedy like this happens. It seems natural to say, why would a loving God allow something like this happen?
Why does God allow trials to come into our life? We’re told in Matthew 5:45 for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
We may never have the answer why, but what we do know he will never abandon us. for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5b
|I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. |
And we also know from God’s word, that He will never give us more of a trial than we can bear. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Remember the story of Job in the bible? He experienced trials of a severity we can hardly comprehend, yet he stood firm in his faith and trusted in God even while those closest to him told him to curse God and die. If you haven’t read the story, you’ll find it in the book of Job, and it will help you put your trials in perspective.
Job said about his trials:
But he (God) knows the way that I take; when he (God) has tried me, I shall come out as gold. Job 23:10
God knows your trial, he knows all the details of it, and knows the course you must take to get through it. For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his (mans) goings. Proverbs 5:21
It’s important to remember that God allows certain trials but never causes them. Trials are the consequence of living in a fallen world. Thankfully, for those who put their trust in Him, this world is not our home, we are just passing through.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast of my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
I am continuing this topic next week as there are more important things I want to share about the subject of trials. Thank you for stopping by today. Drop me a comment and let me know what scripture you rely on through a trial, or perhaps you read one here today that you want to cling to. I’d love to hear how God is speaking to you.
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