Biblical history proves that God often uses hardship to test His chosen. But sometimes it is difficult for Christians to tell whether their trial is a test from God.
Aside from the hardships that come naturally on your Christian journey, there are also more than a few tricky situations that God uses to test your commitment and resiliency. Hence, as you navigate this narrow path, it is important that you understand that not every trial you face is designed to destroy you. The Bible says, ..” the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” (Hebrews 12:6).
For example, Job 1: 1-3 states, “There once was a man named Job, who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.”Bible Gateway, NKJV
Still yet, God allows Satan to visit terrible trials upon Job to test him. And in a short period, Job’s lost all his livestock, then a desert wind blows down his house, killing all of his ten children. And when Job keeps his faith in God, Satan double down and afflicts him with painful sores all over his body. Unable to help her husband, Job’s wife urges him to curse God and die. Instead, Job stays true to his commitment to God.
And in the end, “the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” ( Job 42:10)…He lived for another 140 years.
When the world rejects you-chews you up and spits you out, do not hang your head in despair. Stand tall. You are a child of God. And if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed. Your true identy is not according to the standard the world sets. You are who God says you are.
Whatever STORM you are battling through right now, be calm and be confident. Rest assured everything will work out in your favour. Our able Captain can handle the storm. He will get you home.
Matthew 8:24-26. (NIV. Bible Gateway).
Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
I am hopeful you have heard it said many times before, “…For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him, they will ask the more,” (Luke 12:48 NKJV). Those words are supposed to be gospel truth. But in today’s world, they are not.
For example, the tax laws in the USA has many loopholes that the wealthy and well-connected often use to avoid paying their fair share of taxes while the rest of us have to pay our fair share or go to jail.
But, thanks be to God, we are sojourners. So, at some point in time, these repressive systems will end. And everybody will face the righteous Judge. On that day, there will be one entrance and one gatekeeper. Then every man will get paid according to his work and not according to loopholes and bribes. In fact, Jesus will be the gatekeeper, and he has made it perfectly clear. “
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me,” (John 14:6).
Pain and suffering are unavoidable obstacles Christians have to navigate through, as we attempt to walk the path of Jesus Christ. But you can rest assured that you are not alone in your experience. The One with the nail-scarred hands is always near. If you allowed Him, He would comfort you and teach you in your difficulty.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any problem with the support we receive from God.”(2 Corinthians 1:3-4).2 Corinthians 1:3-4. NIV