Nov 5, 2014

Purposeful Trials

“Therefore, do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

I’ll be honest. When a trial comes along, I can generally handle it. Some things I can easily come to terms with after a pizza night and a little prayer. That’s fine. But when a second, third, or fourth trial hits one right after the other? I practically have a meltdown. Regardless of whether it is something minor or major, I feel like the entire weight of the world is on my shoulders. There are tears, and moping, and sometimes the slamming of doors just a little too hard. It’s quite an embarrassing reaction, really. But in that moment I am crushed and I care so immensely about getting past these trials that I care about nothing else.

This too shall pass. This too shall pass.

It’s usually my husband that stops me in my tracks and reminds me that I need to pray more than I fret. I’m supposed to give it all to God. He actually tells us to do that in His Word. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 (NIV) He wants us to come to him, to lean on him, and to allow him to carry us through the storms. The things we can’t seem to handle on our own are meant to be that way, because we are called to give it to Him and he is always capable of handling it. When we are weak, He is strong. “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

I can be glad of my trials because in each I have grown. I have grown closer to God. Grown in my faith. Grown in my perseverance. Grown in patience. Grown in my ability to handle all the little things. And each time I have one more chapter to add to my life in which I can say, “Glorly to God, he brought me through.” He doesn’t give us purposeless trails. He doesn’t force us to endure hardships that produce nothing. We experience trials that grow us in the areas we need work in. It’s not pointless, it’s not purposeless. It’s behind the scenes work that we sometimes forget about. We can’t always see what God is doing in our life, but we can know He is constantly working in us. “Be confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

Are you turning your trials over to God?

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