What Is Your Perspective On Trials, Storms, and Tribulations?
**This article was written BEFORE the author knew of the bombings in Boston. We pray for the injured. What the devil means for evil, God will turn to something good. We must watch, wait, pray, hope, trust, and believe.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:14 (ESV)
“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” -Anonymous
Dear One, When a trial comes your way, do you groan and think of it as an ordeal to muddle through? Is your first reaction one of fear and dread, or do you see each new struggle with more positive eyes? The love of Jesus can shed light on your difficulties and bring about a change in your perspective.
John 16:33 states that you will have tribulations in this earthly life. God will allow or design trials to teach and transform you into the image of His Son, Jesus. Each struggle is an opportunity to learn more about God and the character of Christ.
The Word calls a man blessed, if he can remain steadfast under a trial (Js.1:12). By withstanding the test in front of him, he will receive the crown of life. This crown is promised to those who love God. It is rewarded to believers who endure suffering and remain faithful to God, even to the point of death.
There are eternal rewards for remaining steadfast in your faith. This means you must proceed in God’s plan for your life while enduring difficult trials and tests. You must move forward in God’s assignment for you, however challenging it may be. God does not set up His children to fail. You may think the trail is too much for you but with God’s grace you will pull through.
Mature Christians, when facing a new trial; have learned to approach the difficulty with a more introspective and positive attitude. Their faith in the promises of God have been engraved upon their hearts, deep enough so that fear is practically nonexistent. Knowing that God is aware of their frame and that they are but dust gives them confidence. They know that when they are weak, God will be their strength. This mature Christian knows that God brings Himself glory through human weaknesses.
There will always be the knee-jerk reaction and shock of an unexpected trial. Learning to shake off the immediate reaction of dread and fear takes practice. However, any effort to combat an attack or conflict with eyes of faith will prove profitable. New spiritual muscles will develop and a deeper dependence on Christ will thus enrich our intimate relationship with Him.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (ESV)
“ Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (ESV)
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Rev 2:10 (ESV)