Trials are just like school tests
Trials are an integral part of our spiritual life, as exams are to school. In most classes, there are many tests, which are weekly, monthly, or sometimes more often to assess or measure the progress of students. Frequent tests would help a student understand whether he or she is learning the lessons. Doing well on the tests could help him or her feel confident and make them prepare for the finals.
So, what would your life be without trials? Can you imagine what it would be like if you never went through trials?
Trials are necessary for spiritual growth
The Bible talks about metals being refined or tested in fire before they become a finished, purified product (Zechariah 13:9, Malachi 3:3, 1 Peter 1:7). It compares such testing to trials and sufferings, experiences that are necessary to test the genuineness of our faith and strength of our character. Trials in life should be considered as opportunities to drive our spiritual growth and usher in our spiritual renewal (Job 23:10, James 1:2-3). The Bible says in Psalm 11:5 NIV, “The Lord examines the righteous…”
Therefore, trials are tools for our spiritual growth and renewal. It may seem that the difficult situation you are facing has no purpose, but do not dismiss trials or complain about them. You may not know God’s plans for you but He can use the trials to produce something great in your life. The Bible says in James 1:12 NIV, “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.”
Trials test and prove our faith. Above all, trials measure our growth and help us establish our dependence on God. Trials invite us to embrace our weaknesses and vulnerabilities and acknowledge our need for God. Trials are some of the best times to reflect, grow, repent, pray, and prepare for spiritual growth. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:5-8 NIV:
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong — not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.
So, what would your life be without trials? What would your spiritual life be without testing from God? You would not have attained spiritual growth. You would not have reached spiritual maturity. Worse, you would never have developed a deeper relationship with God.
Trials are not for lukewarm Christians
Our faith is tested all the time by tests and trials. We should never let them tear us down and make us bitter. We should never allow our trials to stop our worship, prayer, and thanksgiving. Instead, we should in our trials seek God and ask him for His grace that we may pull through and become better, more empowered Christians. We should turn our trials as avenues for reflection, renewal, and spiritual growth.
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