great benefits from trials

22 03 2007

Today I want to share a few quotes that speak to me about what I’m going through at work right now.  I hope they speak to you and that you can apply them to your life in some way.  Even if you’re not facing a big trial right now, you’ll have to at some time in your life, probably many times.  It’s not fun to go through rough times, but if we approach them properly, they’ll make us stronger.  In a way, trials are like exercise — it’s hard, and you have to push yourself to keep going, and it may not be fun to keep running on the treadmill or lifting weights, but it makes you stronger and healthier, and so in the long run it’s worth the trouble.

Great soldiers are not made without war. … It appears that if you are to become a great believer, you will be greatly tested.  If you are to be a great helper to others, you must pass through their trials.  If you are to be instructed in the things of the kingdom, you must learn from experience.  The uncut diamond has little brilliance, the unthreshed corn feeds no one, and the untried believer is of little use or beauty.  There are great benefits to come from your trials.  Many people have a comparatively smooth path through life, but their position is not the equal of the tested believer.  The one who is much plowed and often harrowed will thank God if the result is a larger harvest to the praise and glory of God by Christ Jesus.  If your face is now covered with sorrow, the time will come when you will bless God for that sorrow. The day will come when you will see great gain from your losses, your crosses, your troubles and your afflictions. ~ Charles Spurgeon

Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness.  Rather, we should actually be glad for them.  God sends trials to strengthen our trust in Him so that our faith will not fail.  Our trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self confidence and drive us to our Saviour. ~ Edmund Clowney, Commentary on 1 Peter.

Great faith is the product of great fights.  Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests.  Great triumphs can only come out of great trials. ~ Smith Wigglesworth

One of the best antidotes to stress is seeing God’s purposes in the difficulties He allows in our lives.  James counsels us that we are to consider it all joy when we face trials of various kinds, because they will produce something good in us.  The “good” God wants to do is to conform us to the image of Christ.  He may use certain situations to develop one of the fruits of the Spirit in us.  Knowing that God uses every situation, even the petty, irritating situations of life, to teach us to become more like Jesus helps us to feel less stressed by things we cannot control.




One response

22 03 2007

I agree Beppo. Our preacher preached on faith last night. It’s not so much “seeing is believing”, but “believing before seeing”. It’s knowing that God is always on the other side of the trial. Good stuff.

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