Make your trials worth it!
Last night while in worship the Father spoke to me and what He said was quite profound. “Adam, make your trials worth it!”
What was He trying to say? In my last few blogs, we have established that God is not in control of everything, with this comes a reality that he does not inflict on us trials to teach us. In life, however, there are trials, and as sons and daughters we are not exempt, so how do we make our trials worth it?
This is a portion of what we are called to as Gods people.
Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
We need to step into God and His reality in the midst of our trials.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah.
In trials we need to trust in His character, if we have this wrong, our view of what is happening will be warped, leading to a misinterpretation of what is happening in our lives. For this, I would like to encourage you to go back through a few of the teachings I have up surrounding Gods character.
So let’s look at making our trials worth it.
Testing of Your Faith
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
The first thing we need to do is count it as joy! Now, this does not mean ignore, pretend and look happy until it passes, it means a deep Joy that surpasses our desire to understand, this rooted in trust of who He has revealed himself to be. We have been taught to devalue how we feel and not burden each other with our issues and smile and raise our hands through our trials; this is unrealistic and keeps us hidden from our peers. However, if this is taught well there is truth and power in our response to trials while doing it in authenticity, Journey and process with your peers but let your Joy and response be a testimony to Gods goodness.
Pauls response was real vulnerable and authentic in the face of trials, and there is something special about not hiding in this but allowing the testimony of your response speak for who He is to you.
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
We do this because it provides growth in us, when we have a correct view of Gods heart in the circumstance we can and will endure it with strength, this produces in us an ability to hold fast to the God we Love instead of idolising the God of our circumstance and changing our view due to our experience.
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Wow! This steadfastness that is built in the trial has a full effect? And it makes us perfect and complete lacking in nothing. So we know in the flesh we are not perfect and compleat. This is talking about where we stand in regards to our spiritual nature and growth.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
So in this, we need to be transparent with God asking for wisdom and understanding when we lack it, all the while knowing that He is not the author of our trials, but He will turn the work of the enemy into something special. This will only be achieved in our response to Him.
So, how do we make our trials worth it? I believe it is in praise and process, in all things count trials a joy. Stand in his presence, and the result is simple.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.