What to do in a Trial
We have all experienced trials in the past, and we will all experience trials in the future. Suffering and pain are part of life in this fallen world. But for God's children, there is grace in every difficulty.
James tells us to rejoice when we fall into various trials (James 1:2). Why? What cause is this for joy? James goes on to explain that it isn't the trial that causes joy; rather, it's the knowledge that God uses the trial to produce something good in us. The testing of our faith produces endurance (James 1:3), and endurance brings about spiritual maturity and wholeness (James 1:4). Do you want maturity? Do you wish to be complete, lacking nothing? If that is your desire, then you can count it joy when you encounter hardship.
Often we are unsure of the next step when we are in a trial. What does God want us to do as we joyfully endure? What decision will best please Him? James gives further advice to those who don't know what to do in times of difficulty. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him" (James 1:5). What a wonderful promise! God will give us the wisdom we lack in any trial; all we have to do is ask Him.
Annie Johnson Flint began experiencing severe health problems by the age of 20. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and by age 25 she was unable to walk. Her conditioned worsened over the next 40 years. She needed pillows around her body to cushion the raw sores she suffered from being bedridden. But throughout her trial, she endured with joyful confidence in the Lord. She wrote these beautiful words as a reminder of God's promises to His children enduring trials.
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the laborer, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
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Pastor Kevin Williams and the staff of Tri-City Baptist Church write or re-post articles based on God's Word the Bible. These articles are meant to be applied to daily life and Christian living by God's grace.