If you’re one of those “Christians” who spends their days tiptoeing through the tulips with a smile on your face, never touched by trouble and adversity, it’s time to fall on your face before the throne of God and plead with Him to reveal to you exactly what your problem is. Just sayin’…
John 16:33(AMP) I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
The word translated as “tribulation” here is “thlipsis”. It is the same word used in other versus of Scripture as “affliction, trouble, anguish, persecution and burden”. All of which, in my opinion, stem from trouble.
When I became a Believer is when my trouble really began. As time and growth went on…the trials got bigger. After decades in the faith, they have only increased…in size and frequency…Faced with everything from Mr. Gypsy having not one but 2 cancers and working on the third to financial collapse. The more years that tick by on that great celestial clock the more difficult things seem to get.
1 Peter 4:12-13(MSG) Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
Nothing like a little “refining”.
James 1:12(AMP) Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
Did you catch that? “Blessed is the man who is patient under trial”.
Acts 14:22(MSG) urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy: “Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.”
In my years in the faith, my observation has been…Believers that grow go through troubles. Hebrews 12:6(NKJV)tells us…
For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives
Nothing easy about that. In fact…part of the definition of “scourge” is a person or thing that causes great trouble or suffering.
If you find yourself, as a Believer, suffering through troubles, trials or anguish know that our Father is aware and He will have His perfect work accomplished in your life. Does that make it easier? Of course not. It is within our nature to desire an easy path. However, that is not what God promised when we signed up for this journey.
1 Peter 1:7(AMP) So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.
I don’t know about you, but right now I’m feeling pretty “blessed, refined, scourged and tested”. Now…Where’s my cross?
“Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Remember…It’s not that we are faced with trials, it’s how we go through them.