God’s Purpose for Trials (Publisher unknown)

Why so many trials in life? Why the difficulties and what are we to make of them? Well the Bible addresses every aspect of our lives in this old world and trials are no exception. The insight into trials given us by God’s Holy word may not make them any less painful, but His word does give us some awareness of God’s purpose for our trials.
James makes it clear that our trials or tests in life are intended to produce endurance. As the saying goes in the sports world “no pain, no gain.” 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. (James 1:2-3) The word “endurance” could also be substituted for perseverance here. The runner must push through the ups and downs of the course laid out for him. The worker must learn to remain committed in spite of various challenges on the job such as bosses, co-workers, customers or experience the uncertainty of jumping from job to job. The Christian is challenged to remain faithful to God and keep trusting in God especially in times of trial and tribulation or risk falling away from the faith! Yes, it’s that serious! At least that’s what Jesus taught. Remember His teaching about the sower and the seed.
The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. (Matthew 13:20-21)
Trouble , trials and tribulation will come in 2016 just as they have in the past. They’ll most likely come unexpected in different shapes and sizes, but they will come. The question is- what will we do as Christians when they do come. We MUST continue to depend upon God through prayer and dependence upon the wisdom given us in His word. Thank God we also have the encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ to help us persevere, remain faithful to God and grow in perseverance/endurance as God intends. Trials make us feel weak while we’re going through them but when we handle them as God expects us to we become spiritually stronger afterward. Peter makes it clear that the purpose for our trials will be even clearer when Christ appears, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make some sense of it while we’re still here. (1 Peter 1:6-7) In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. (7) These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
We’ve all experienced growing pains to some extent while our physical bodies are growing and maturing, even if it’s just losing our baby teeth. In one sense, we’re losing our spiritual baby teeth as we go through trials while trusting God to bring us out on the other side. We’re experiencing the “pain” that produces the “gain” of spiritual growth and maturity. (James 1:4) Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
The challenge for us is to persevere through trials so our faith might “take root” rather than be “uprooted”, so we can grow mature in the faith rather than remaining infants and that we might learn to persevere and endure rather than give up. With God’s help encouragement from one another we can “push on” through the trials in our life and experience the blessings God promises when we do!

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