LIFE'S TESTS AND TRIALS
By GV Potter
The following post was written by a member of our fellowship.
Have you ever wondered why God allows tests and trials in the Christian’s life…those hardships and sufferings that Christians encounter, even when they are following the Lord? Psalm 7:9 tells us, “For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.” God allows various circumstances to come into our lives to put His people to the test. These tests and trials are not meant to make Christians fail, but to make us victorious. They are not meant to defeat us; rather, they are meant to be defeated! 1 Peter 1:6-7 tells us that these tests and trials reveal whether our faith is genuine. It states, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Further, we are instructed by James concerning the testing of our faith and obedience in James 1:2-4, which states, “My Brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Three things stand out from these Scriptures:
Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-25, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock; and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” So, when the storms of life come your way (and they will), you will find out what kind of foundation your Christian life is built upon. However, it is never too late to build a new foundation and there is no firmer foundation than God’s Word! Don’t cut corners by using “substandard materials” or taking shortcuts. Be willing to acknowledge your weaknesses, and pray for God to teach you the things to do that please Him and give you the power to overcome those weaknesses. Ask Him to make you stronger where you are the weakest. Work on your relationship with God, building the truths of His Word into your foundation of life. Remember, God’s Word is your best tool or weapon to use against the enemy. Then, when the storms of tests and trials do come, you will be able to stand and not sink, because your foundation is firm in Him.
God may not answer all our “whys” when we ask Him, “Why are You allowing this difficult test and trial in my life?” Therefore, it is better to pray, “Lord, how do You want this test or trial in my life to develop me spiritually? What changes do You want to bring about in my life?” Those are the kinds of questions that God will answer. Here is the qualifying part: you must be willing to obey and trust that all these tests and trials will bring about the desired purpose that God intended to produce!
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