“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him (James 1:12).”
The Cambridge Dictionary defines a trial as, “a test, usually over a limited period of time, to discover how effective or suitable something or someone is.”
Scripture has many verses concerning trials. The Apostle James tells Christians to rejoice when they go through various trials (Jam. 1:2-3). Jesus reminds his disciples to stand firm during their hardships (Lk. 21:19). Hebrews 6:12 implores the saints not to be sluggish, but imitate a patient attitude through suffering (Heb. 6:12).
I don’t think any of us enjoy trials. In fact, I ask myself the question many times, “Why Lord are you allowing these situations to happen?” The natural man enjoys peace, stability, happiness, and a smooth transition from one life scenario to another. When it becomes disrupted, anxiety sets in.
Recently I resigned from a financially stable ministry position in my hometown. We left a place with many good friends and moved 1,160 miles to a new city with a different culture. It’s been a difficult transition for us. But I am reminded of Abraham when God told him, “Leave your country and your people and go to the land I will show you (Gen. 12:1).” While it’s hard to leave a location you are familiar with, God has a purpose for it. Instead of trusting in a stable job, God is teaching me to find security in Him.
“Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by (Ps. 57:1).”
Are you in a season of trial? What is God teaching you? In the midst of it all, remember that God is shaping you to become great. He is working all things out for your good (Rom. 8:28). Lean on this truth and never give up because God’s heart won’t stop coming after you! The song below exemplifies this beautiful truth.