Lessons from Trials

When confronted with inevitable trials, the stronger the better, we see people’s reactions and can see exactly where that person’s heart is. You see very little about a person’s internal workings when they are winning or all is going well for them. I believe, as this life determines the outcome of the next and is really just test after test, that we have the amazing blessing of an opportunity to prove our worth in God’s kingdom by our response to troubles. If a person has no troubles, we should pray for that person because they are about to have some. Good people and bad people have troubles just the same. If we keep in mind that the response we have to these difficulties determines where we will spend eternity, we will then have the healthy perspective we need to prosper through troubles of any kind. We have great examples of this in the Bible. We have David with Saul, where David’s lack of retaliation was in stark contrast to his being pursued unjustly. We have Paul and Silas who met with false imprisonment with singing and beatings with songs of praise. We have Deborah, who rose up to lead an army when their leader wasn’t man enough. We have us, when we meet with any injustice or turmoil. How will we be defined in our troubles? As a quitter? As a coward? As a bully? As a resentful person? As bitter or envious or cruel? As triumphant? We certainly have a lot of options. So, how do we decide our response? What can help us? The simple and profound answer is and will remain a close personal walk with God and firm grasp on His big picture, outlined in His Word, faith in Jesus as our Savior, and constant conversation with the only One bigger than any trial or even anything we know of the universe. Our knee jerk response is to handle it ourselves with our human tools. This is foolishness unless we are bigger and more powerful than our troubles. Chances are, we need help. If we can humble ourselves long enough to see that, God is released to work the trouble out. In fact, He goes a step farther and promises to help us when we ask Him for it. Wonderful stuff. So troubles not only show the world and ourselves what kind of relationship we have with the Divine but also grow us closer to Him by seeing Him work. Trials get us closer to heaven when we allow God to help us with them and they get us closer to God when we see His faithfulness and power and love for us.