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12:03 PM   [31 Jul 2012 | Tuesday]

Trials

I Peter 1:6-7

Here are some truths when it comes to the trials and tribulations that we face.

1- All trials have a purpose. They do not come into our lives as meaningless interruptions. God has a very real purpose for everything that he allows to touch our lives. Nothing is in vain. God is trying to achieve something in our lives. How we respond to trials is very important. We can choose to fight, resist or become angry and depressed, or we can choose to trust God, surrender to His will, and allow Him to accomplish what He wants to do in the situation. Trials may come to test our faith, reveal areas in our lives that we need to address, or simply to move us to another place in our lives. Whatever God is up to our suffering is not in vain if we respond correctly.

2- We can rejoice, not in the trials themselves, but in wht God will accomplish in us through them. I dont think that God expects us to be happy about trials, but He does want us to rejoice in His love for us and His wisdom. We can rejoice because we know that He loves us and has our best interest in mind.We can rejoice is His great power. We can rejoice in His sustaining grace.

3- Trials are a test of our faith. God already knows how we will respond, but when a trial comes we learn just how strong our faith is. The Bible is full of examples of God testing His people. Abrahams call to sacrifice his son was certainly a test of his faith. We can expect to be tested also. God has not changed and He still tests His people.

4- One day we will be rewarded for standing stedfast in the midst of trials and tribulation. When we see Jesus there will be praise honor and glory. Yes we may be suffering at the moment, but that suffering is not even worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed at the second coming of Jesus.

Trials are never pleasant, but let us always remember that God is at work. He is up to something. He is chiseling away at the the things in our lives that are not Christ like. He is conforming us into His image. He is moving us according to His good will. He is testing us to reward us later. Trust Him completely !

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