Trials.. Tests.. Tribulations.. Oh, the times where we find ourselves so deeply tangled into the web of our trials that we forget who our mighty God is, why we go through trials, and the mighty God who has already fought the battle in victory and sweeped us out of our troubles..
“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.” 1 Peter 4:2, 12-13 KJV
Peter simply tells us like it is in this verse above as he explains that it’s completely normal to undergo a trial, even when you feel as if you’re living for God with all of your heart and soul. Peter even points out to us and tells us to rejoice when a trial comes our way, because it signifies that we are partaking the part also in Christ’s sufferings. The Bible says that in order for us to live for Christ, we must suffer. (2Timothy 3:12, Acts 9:16, 2 Timothy 2:12, 1 Peter 3:17) Jesus warned us that in the last days, they will kick us out of our synagogues and churches, they will ban his name, and that they will kill many of us that believe in him. Is this all not happening now, yet alone getting worse by the day? Satan amps up his deceit and mischief more each day, he doesn’t sleep. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to take everyone’s soul right along with him to where he’s headed.
The reason why God allows us to go through certain things is to mold us into stronger individuals. He brings us into places where we have absolutely no choice but to rely on him, to pray, to worship him, which is what we should be doing. God will bring you into a place where you are convinced that you are absolutely nothing without him, that without him you are weak, but through him, through Jesus Christ, you are made whole. Instead of asking God why you are going through something, ask God what he wants you to learn from the experience, what he wants you to do in the midst of it. You are a living testimony, don’t be afraid to share your testimony with others. The trials that once made you weak to your knees, can make another one strong. You never know who is going through all that you have gone through, and the comfort it would bring someone to know that they aren’t alone, the hope you can give simply by expressing your story. Don’t ever hold back in fear that your old sinful lifestyle is too full of filth for the world to hear, (hint-hint) that’s the whole point! It shows that God can turn a disaster into a masterpiece. I know absolutely not one Christian who has been a saint their entire life, we all have stories to tell and told stories, including I myself (trust me).
Some may call it tough love, others may call it love letters from God. When God sends you a love letter, open it, read it thoroughly, read it over if you have to even. If you still find yourself in a place where you just can’t seem to understand, pray about it. But whatever you do, start today, don’t give up, keep going. You, my friend, are not alone.
Here’s some Verses:
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken, cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus that the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;” Romans 5:3
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10
Revelation 21:4 – “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
John 16:33 – “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Luke 14:27 – “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”