Do trials have a purpose? Well, that is what I believe. But, being honest, I wonder how many of us have at times thought of the following scripture and said, “God thinks I can bear more than I think I can.”
There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it.
Corinthians 10:13 (ASV)
How many of us seek, but cannot see, the way of escape promised in that scripture.
Trials fascinate many writers and musicians
I watched a video clip of an interesting song. ‘Before the morning’ – I will link to the clip at the end.
It begins with questions about why ‘you’ are suffering if there is a loving God Who cares. Questions like this are quite common.
Remember the old song “I never promised you a rose garden’? Well God does not promise us a life without pain and trials if we accept the sacrifice His Son made for us.
In book three of the Apostle John series, I wrote about the trials of a background character who moved to the foreground. Then someone who left in book two, Grow in Grace, makes a re-entry. In the third book, The Light of Truth, things are moving toward another arrest of the Apostle John. (There are another two books in the series, making five in all and trials abound in them, because they abound in life.)
So why am I talking about these books? Why mention the song ‘Before the Morning?’ Because, although my book series is fiction, my primary resource book has been the Bible, and in writing this series I learnt a great deal about why things happen. Sometimes we just have to wait and trust.
Take for example Jesus’ words...
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Many people are told that because Jesus said ’,“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world, that He has done it all for us. Not so.
Look at the lives of those first disciples… only John survived into old age. The others, according to legend, all martyred. Also, according to legend, John was put in boiling oil. That does not sound like ‘Jesus did it all’ to me.
And what about these encouragements about trials
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
These writers, who were Apostles, make it clear that we will have trials, and as we plod through them, our faith and trust in Him grows.
Have you read this one?
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1: 3, 4
The trust in His Father that Jesus had to exercise in every stage of his walk on earth must have been enormous, and another scripture says
He learned obedience through the things He suffered. Heb 5: 8
Our trials are horrendous to us.
Sometimes all we can do is ask God for help. Standing still sometimes is trusting God for relief.
You might enjoy this song if you are going through a painful trial…