INTRODUCTION

The circumstances of life can be very overwhelming at times, even for us who are believers in Christ.  We sometimes think that God will continually bless us because we are His own, and we somehow lose sight of the fact that trials come not only to test our faith, but also to see if our faith is genuine or not. 

The loss of a job, the tragic death of a child or another loved one from some sickness, the end of a marriage…sometimes when tragedy strikes,  we may  be tempted to turn from Him and even doubt His very existence.  

Many things also happen because of sinful choices we have made, or we may suffer from the consequences of the sinful choices that others  have made.  But no matter what the reason may be, we must make the decision to continue to live for Him in spite of the circumstances we see with our limited understanding. 

As the saying goes,  “If you can’t trust His hand, trust His heart.”   God sees the big picture…He sees things with an eternal perspective, and knows what it will take to cause someone with a heart of stone, to eventually have a heart of flesh,  and surrender to Him, even if it takes the death of a loved one to get their attention. 

God’s Word says that sometimes…   “The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.”  (Isaiah 57:1)  God’s Word also says…’He is not willing for anyone to perish but for everyone to come to repentance.’  (2 Peter 3:9)  Hell is eternal fire and torment, (Matthew 18:7-9, 25:41) (Luke 16:23-31) and because God is omniscient, He has the knowledge of which children will one day grow up and bring unspeakable pain to many, and would never receive Jesus as Savior and Lord to begin with.  So for Him to choose to allow them to die, knowing that because of deep grief others will cry out to Him and receive eternal life, the death of these children  would then be considered as merciful acts, if they are viewed through His ability to know all things.    

Sometimes a marriage will end, not because God is incapable of restoring the marriage, but because He will not violate the free will of the person who chooses to no longer love and stay committed to their partner.  That also holds true in cases when during the course of a marriage, one person becomes a believer and the unbelieving person chooses to emotionally and physically abandon their partner. 

Even though we may never understand why He allows some of the  things that happen to us in life,  we must choose to trust Him in the painful moments.  If we make the choice to draw closer to God, and read His Word during these times of trials,  He will choose to reveal Himself and His wisdom to us, and we will come to know Him in a deeper way than during the times of blessings He allows in our lives. 

It’s in the valley that our faith is not only tested, but also where we have the greatest opportunities to grow.  We learn to turn to Him and see how His strength can be made perfect in our weakness.  We realize we can trust Him, as we take that first step of faith, and see how He delivers us from fear, as we see His faithfulness to give us the courage to deal with the sometimes overwhelming circumstances we face.  We also come to realize that when we pray and learn to let go and trust Him, it is  then that we experience His peace that surpasses all human understanding.  

As we choose to submit and not run from each trial that life brings our way, and allow Him to use them to shape and mold us, He will then begin to build His strength and character in us. One day we will be able to see how we are no longer who we once were, even though  we are  not yet all He desires us to be. 

We can also use these trials as opportunities to share the gospel with others, and allow them to know  how receiving His love and forgiveness through Christ alone, can give them His peace, and the ability to face whatever life may bring their way.

No matter how turbulent the storms of life may be, we will  have His peace and strength if we choose to trust Him and face each trial…resting  in His hands.

 

 SOME SCRIPTURES TO ENCOURAGE YOU AND TO REVEAL HIS PURPOSES 

FOR TRIALS IN YOUR LIFE…

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”  (James 1:2-5)

“Praise be to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  (1 Peter 1:3-7)

“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”  (Job 23:10)

 

 Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version® .  Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

 

 

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 RESTING IN YOUR HANDS

  

You are the potter, I am the clay,

You continue to mold me in Your own special way,

Using life’s pain and pressure, guided by Your loving hands,

Your will is for me to submit to each trial, for this is what You desire and demand. 

Conforming me to Christ’s image, transforming my mind with Your Word,

Is the goal of each trial that You send me,

Even though that truth  is sometimes ignored and not heard.

I desire for the trial to be over, to see Your blessings and not always feel pain,

But I forget how when I go through each trial, 

A deeper trust and understanding of You is what I gain.

You are always so faithful, to give me Your strength and Your grace,

And when the pressure becomes overwhelming, You become my hiding place.

The battles may rage all around me, attempting to destroy my trust and faith in You,

Because I may not understand why certain things happen,

But cling to You is what I must still choose to do. 

You free me from sin and bondage, so I’ll never be the same,

Your ultimate purpose is not for me,

But that my life would bring glory to Your name.

So Lord, by Your grace I’ll submit to each trial,

And pray and trust You as Your Word commands,

Then I’ll be at perfect peace as you shape and you mold me…resting in Your hands.

 

 

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Written on September 12, 2009 by Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/LivingForHisGlory

Copyright © 2009

 

 

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