The Right Response To Our Trials

Discerning the right response to trials is impossible without God's wisdom. Formulating your own theories, making your own guesses, and imagining your own reasons for hardships are worthless. Only under the guidance of divine wisdom can you begin to see through the tragedy, uncover God's purpose, and discern the appropriate responses. There are a number of wise response to trying times.

(1) We must be persuaded that the Lord is in control of the timing and intensity of the trial.

It may last a day, week, year, or decade. First Peter 5:6-7 promises that if we put ourself under God's authority, He will be faithful to resolve our difficulties in His time. We may want Him to act sooner, but only He knows the perfect time to accomplish His purpose in our life.

(2) We must recognize that God has a specific purpose for allowing each trial in our lives.Because He is a loving Father, He will not prevent every challenge. However, the Lord will always endow His children with power to over come the obstacle. Furthermore, He will use those hard times to shape us into the mature believers He desires us to be.

(3) We must acknowledge that each trial is designed to meet a specific need that God sees in our lives. Oftentimes we will not see or understand that need until the trial is over and we have gained some distance and perspective. Then we can look back and realize that there was a tremendous lesson to be learned or an error to be corrected. Because God has that perspective from the outset, He is able to do whatever is necessary to correct the problem.

(4) We must be convinced that the Lord will walk with us through each step of our stormy times in life. There will never be a moment when He is absent. Hebrew 13:5 states this plainly "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you" Christ's presence provides a continual refueling of our courage and patience. With Jesus at our side, what possibly overtake us. Although these are all positive ways to deal with hardship, there is one response we must never forget- recognizing that by God's grace and power, we will not only survive, but we will truly conquer life's obstacles. That is true wisdom Yes, life does hurt.But those of us in Christ will never face hardship alone. As we lean on each other and bow down before the Lord, we know that Jesus is with us in our trials. Moreover, He will take our mournful ashes and use them to paint a magnificent picture for His glory. Thank You Jesus.....


Mary Cluley said…
George, this is excellent. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Sincerely, Mary

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