|(Inspired by Pastor Stanley) |
Why does God allow trials in our lives?
Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. –James 1:3
This verse clearly explains that God allows trials in our lives to test our faith. It says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that God who is faithful, will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. How can you know what you can bear if you are not tested? How do you know your limit if you have never set one? Even Jesus had to be tested in Matthew 4 before he could begin his ministry. This is the same with us. God wants to birth something within us, but he has to test our faith towards him before he can entrust us with anything else.
Secondly, he tests us on our commitment to him. “If you love me, you have to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me daily,” this is what Jesus says to his disciples in Matthew 10 before he sent them out. Are you going to follow him even when everything is going wrong in your life? Are you going to follow him when your flesh is telling you to do otherwise? He has to test us to find out the answers to these questions.
Thirdly, God allows trials in order to purify our lives. Have you ever noticed how trials have a way of shedding light on our innermost secrets? Trails convict us and force us to acknowledge our faults and work on them, hereby purifying ourselves.
Fourth, trials prove the power of God to ourselves as well as others around us. Trials don’t last forever! You probably hear and see this when people give testimonies about how far God brought them. He takes us from the miry clay and sets our feet on solid rock.
Lastly, we go through trials to be more like Christ and to equip ourselves with the tools necessary to help others. We cannot do anything when we are apart from Christ, so we need to go through trials so that we can totally surrender to his perfect will. When we have Christ and have gone through many hardships, we can take everything we have learnt and grown from and use them to help others.
Stay blessed and spread the word.