Trials stink. I don’t recall ever meeting anyone that embraced and looked forward to trials. Warren Weirsbe once said, “A faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted.” Trials tell us a lot! They tell us a lot about ourselves, about God, and about who we believe God to be. I think it was Louie Giglio I once heard say, “little god, big problems. Big God, little problems.” Our view of God changes our perspective.
Trials and test come to produce in us perseverance and to mature us. Steer clear of any false teaching that says ” God wants us to be happy” or “God wants us to be comfortable“. That’s a bunch of bull. You also can’t find that supported in ANY scripture. What Gods word teaches us is that He wants us to be HOLY and that God wants us to be CONFORMED to His image. Holiness and being confirmed to His likeness are things that are produced in us – and one major way that happens is through trials.
Does that mean we always like the trials, enjoy the testing or skip through life loving that there are times of brokenness and weariness and deep hurt and toil? No! Those times make us weep. Those circumstances knock the wind from us and buckle our knees. Those trials cause us to cry out for mercy or beg that God has not left us.
believers, we all have story after story of these trials. And we have story after story of God faithfulness and provision. there is weeping, but joy does comes. We do cry out and He does listen. Those times we face trials – and we are being gloriously ruined – it is for His purpose to conform us into more of Him. There is a point. There is a purpose.