Why Trials?

New Christians often ask why they have to go through trials. The question usually goes something like this: “I gave my heart to Jesus, why do I have these trials?” I Peter 4:12-13 speaks to this: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” God uses the fires of adversity to refine His “gold.” First, will we trust His love for us when we suffer? Second, will we trust Him to see us through? What if our only deliverance is Heaven? Will we trust Him for strength to endure? Third, it helps us grasp how much He suffered for us. Fourth, we can encourage and comfort others, when we have gone through some of the same sufferings that they have experienced. Fifth, it makes our promise of Heaven with Jesus even more wonderful, when we remember that all trials will be forever gone when we arrive home. The hymn, “How Firm a Foundation,” usually attributed to George Keith, contains two stanzas that bear on our sufferings and trials: “When through the deep waters I call you to go, the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow, for I will be with you in trouble to bless, and sanctify to you your deepest distress. When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie, my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply; the flame shall not hurt you; I only design your dross to consume and your gold to refine.” Selah! Look at Daniel in the lion’s den, the three young men in the furnace, Paul with a long list of severe trials, etc. Did God get anything done through these people? He can do the same with you! God is not far away; He is right with you in the midst of your trials; take His hand and move forward.     Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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