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Faith Filled Friday: Christians and Trials

July 17, 2021

by Connie Terpack July 16, 2021

Recently I having to deal with a lot of hip pain and trouble walking. The pain interrupts my sleep. Five hours is the longest stretch I have gotten in a couple weeks. Most of the time I get 2 or 3 hours before waking up. It is difficult to go up and down steps. I had to wash at the sink because I could not get my leg up over the tub.

Many of us wonder why we, as Christians, go through trials and tribulations. A number of years ago I prayed for patience. The Lord answered my prayer, but not the way I expected. I wanted to have patience with a snap of His fingers. Instead he gave me trials to help me develop patience. I am not sure how long it took before I realized his ruse and stopped praying for patience. I guess I always thought Christians should be exempt from trials and sorrows.

1. Trials are our training. God is preparing us for the future. When I am going through a particularly rough time my first question to God is Why? Sometimes it is so I know what I’m talking about when one of my patients talked about going through the same thing I did. It gives me confidence in talking to them.

Hebrews 10:35-36 says: Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

2. Sometimes I never know why, which helps to develop trust in God. I lean on him heavily most days. There are lots of Bible verses on trust. Here are a few I selected.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Psalm 118:8-9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not lean not unto thin own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.

3. More times than I care to admit, I believe God sent me some trials to discipline me. Maybe he wants me to spend more time in prayer or Bible reading. In my KJV Bible Hebrews 12:4-11 is labeled The Disciplines of Life. The only verse I’m going to include here is vs 6, just to keep this article short. I hope you will read the rest in your Bible.

Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

4. Maybe God is protecting me from a bigger problem. I may never know what huge problem was averted by dealing with the lesser trouble. It is comforting to know the Lord is looking out for me.

Psalm 121 tells us how God preserves us. The last two verses really spoke to me. Psalm 121: 7-8 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.

5. The purpose of trials is explained in James 1:2-18. Trials faced with joy result in patience (endurance), which leads to maturity and growth.

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

6. God will get the glory. We should remember to bless God also. He enjoys being praised and thanked just as much as we do.

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 34:3-4 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

I believe trials and tribulations are more for our benefit than to harm or punish us. God loves us. In closing, I will leave you with verses from 1 John 4:8-10: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten son into the world that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins.

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