1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” WHAT IS A TRIAL: “a test of faith, patience, or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation.” Recently, our family has and is going through a time of trials! It reminded me of an event in my life many years ago. It was the day, early morning, whenI was headed to the hospital to have a heart operation! About one-half way there, a chorus came on the radio that gave me real peace, “Got any rivers you think are uncrossable? Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through? God specializes in things thought impossible- And does the things that others cannot do.”
Trials and tests are not accidents. Rather, they are divine appointments given to us from the Lord. They should help us to grow spiritually, and they will help us to depend on the Lord instead of ourselves and others. To be able to stand firm in our faith, we need to be saturated in God’s Word and prayer; and we need to grow and develop in our love for our Lord.” “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” Job 23:10. In the middle of various trials, we can rejoice and let us praise God for them! Trials remind us not only of our frailty, but also of the inheritance that God has waiting for us. Like the folks listed in Hebrews 11, let us also run with patience the race that God has set before us, looking to Jesus and trusting in the promises and hope awaiting us. 1 Peter 1:7 says, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
Recently, I ran across this poem; I felt it very appropriate for our subject.
It’s sometimes very difficult
For us to understand;
The wisdom and the love behind
The things that God has planned.
But we wouldn’t have the rainbow
If we didn’t have the rain;
We wouldn’t know the pleasure
If we never tasted pain.
We wouldn’t love the sunrise
If we hadn’t felt the night;
And we wouldn’t know our weakness
If we hadn’t sensed God’s might.
We couldn’t have the springtime
Or the yellow daffodil;
If we hadn’t experienced
The winter’s frosty chill.
And though the brilliant sunshine
Is something God has made;
He knew too much could parch our souls
So He created shade.
So God’s given us a balance:
Enough joys to keep us glad,
Enough tears to keep us humble,
Enough good to balance bad.
And if you’ll trust in Him you’ll see
Though yesterday brought sorrow;
The clouds will part and dawn will bring
A happier tomorrow.