Transformed by Trouble
I heard someone say one time, "Testings will last
as long as it takes to change our mind, attitude, and actions."
But isn't it just like our human nature to respond with
the knee-jerk reaction of, "Yeah, but I really
can't see the value or purpose behind all of this trouble
and all of these trials."
Our carnal mind is as shrewd as a lawyer looking for a loophole.
Let's face it: we don't like tribulation one bit,
and if we had our way, it would be us on easy
street from here on out! But God's Word tells us
a different story.
"In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;
for I have overcome the world" (John 16:33, KJV).
The mind of Christ knows that the servant is not above his Lord.
The disciple is not above his Master, who learned obedience through
the things He suffered (Hebrews 5:8). God is even now preparing
a people who cannot be moved, upset, or frustrated by anything.
The cry of His heart is for His sons and daughters to share His
throne and shepherd the nations with a rod of iron (Revelation
We have to be a people whose character is unshakable. Can we
walk around in the furnace of testing without complaining? Can
we still shout praises in the jail at midnight? Tall order, I
know, but there is always a purpose in our trials, a purpose in
our affliction, a purpose in our tribulations. All the temptations,
tears, heartaches, unfaithful friends, loss of property, loss
of business, peril, hateful neighbors, fiery furnaces, dens of
lions, rugged crosses—all things too numerous to mention—are
working for the good of God's elect and are adding, though
unseen now, an exceeding and eternal weight of glory to us.
Oh Majestic heavenly Father, we know that all things work
together in Your hands, and nothing comes into our lives without
it first coming through You. All that comes to us is for our good
and Your glory. Your desire for us is that we be refined and purified,
even through fire. And at Christ's return, we will be part
of His bride, without spot or wrinkle, ready to reign with Him
in glory forever. In all things, no matter how trying or difficult,
teach us to rejoice and always trust in You.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord
delivereth him out of them all (Psalm 34:19, KJV).
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