Today’s Reading: Romans 8:26-39 (additional reading: Psalm 18:37-50 & Proverbs 19:27-29)
I have seen people go through some of the worst experiences that life can offer. I have seen people endure hardships that would cause a common person to crumble. I have seen people stand in the midst of utter chaos of life. People live through the cruelty of life.
Maybe you have felt like the Psalmist who wrote these words: How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Anyone who says that the Christian life is a bed of roses is nothing more than a liar. The fact that life is not fair is still very real for people of faith. The rain falls on the just and the unjust.
However there are at least five things to remember about the trials which we as believers face.
Trials are a short term reality (1 Peter 1:6-7). The difficulties that we face in life are short term realities because our existence is not mortal but eternal. This life is not the end but a stepping stone for eternity.
2. Trials can lead us to greater blessings (James 1:12). Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Standing up for God in the midst of life’s heart aches and heart breaks leads us to a great reward. James says that those who persevere will gain the crown of life.
3. Trials give us proper perspective (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
If this life were nothing but good there would be no desire for heaven. Paul tells us that this life may be fading away but eternity is drawing closer. Each day we live, we get closer to the day we will stand before Jesus.
4. Trials can help us experience God’s presence (Psalm 27:5-6). God gives us His divine presence in the midst of trials and difficulties to send us a clear message. When we go through hard times we never go through them alone.
5. Trials help us to look forward to heaven (Romans 8:18). One day we will reach the shores of heaven and see Jesus face to face. Every difficulty and trial will simply melt away in the light of eternity. We are not living for today but instead we are living for that day when we stand in the presence of Jesus.
God is at work in all things – Romans 8:28