There are times in our life where we have simply hit rock bottom. No means of looking up, though that’s the only direction we have left. Our fingers claw at the dirt beneath us in desperation. Tears fall silently down our cheek, “God, where are You,” we plead.
There are two choices that can be made at this exact moment. We blame God and stay focused on the ground. Or we trust Him and look up. “I know, even when I can’t see You, You are still there.”
Cause He is.
Joseph’s Prosperity Through Trials
Last year I wrote about Joseph, and how despite all of the trials he went through, at the end of the whole ordeal he thanked God.
Say what old Joe? You thanked God for everything you went through?
He did. This is what he told his brothers, way after they tried to hurt him. This is when he also forgave his brothers.
(NIV) Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Like Joseph, we question God in the beginning. But like Joseph, we can be brought to a greater understanding through the Lord Jesus Christ. This what today’s post is all about.
We need to understand trials are meant to happen. Scripture says the rain falls on the just and the unjust. (Matthew 5:45) We may not know exactly why God allows certain trials to happen. But as believers, we are given a few promises of comfort during those trials.
(NLT) 1 Peter 1:07, “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
God’s Promises To Refine And Help Us Endure
Our life isn’t meant to be easy. God refines and He molds, as He is the Potter. But throughout the whole process, He loves us. He promises in 2 Corinthians 12:08, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” (NIV)
God helps us endure. He sets our path out for His glory. What God has given us no man can take away.
(ESV) Proverbs 16:09, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”
We aren’t meant to have bad days, and hold onto the past. No. Instead, DURING the trial, that’s when we are to learn. That’s when we are to be humbled. Listen to God’s word. Focus on Him with prayer. Ask for understanding on what God wants us to learn.
Consider the definition of perseverance
“Steadfastness despite difficulty or delay in success”
How does this apply to us?
Well, despite the times when we bicker and complain, God only wants us to experience pain and loss, the truth is much different. God desires A LOT for us. But most of all, He wants us to prosper! Maybe not in what we want, but nonetheless like any good parent He wants His child to prosper!
(NIV) Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This is why we are called. According to the purpose Christ has put within us. God is willing is show us, and to help us.
How does He help? Well, God uses our circumstances to teach us. Since that’s the main time He can reach us. When we have no where else to go, and no one else to turn to.
That is when God wants us to persevere, and trials allow us such a choice.
That is when God reminds us He is the great I AM.
(NIV) Romans 5:03-04, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
(NIV) James 1:02-03, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
The Purpose Of Growing Through The Rain
Do you see and hear the joyful message? God doesn’t want us to feel stuck in hard times, instead, He wants us to bloom. He wants us to walk on the water when He calls us out during the storm. We are called to grow as believers.
(NLT) 2 Peter 1:07, “The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We are meant to continue to advance as a follower of Christ. In knowledge, we will have scriptures to cling to in hard times, and scripture to encourage others as well. In experience, we will have testimonies of our calling on God, and Him answering us. Not only can our life be used as examples for others, but we are a light, a cross bearer. Even more so, the Lord God is glorified!
Continue to press forward beloved!
(NLT) 2 Peter 1:08-09, “But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.”
God Remembers Us
The Lord keeps His promises. He uses trials as a way of light to beam through our troubled hearts. He refines us through being steadfast. He sanctifies us when we surrender all to Him. When we struggle, He stands with us. When we cry out, He knows our tears.
(NLT) Psalms 56:08, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
We are never alone because God is with us, never forget that.
(NLT) Psalm 46: 01, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
When the dark waves have passed us, and we aren’t sure just what its purpose was for. God will connect the dots one day. Even if it was a bad decision on our part, God can use it for His purpose!
One day, perhaps even years later, we see how God used the bad for the good.
(NIV) Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
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