Trial is Coming

08.21.19 | Faith | by Femi Ibikunle

    It baffles me when I find out some believers expect that the presence of the Lord is the absence of trials or challenges. Let us see what the bible says about trials when it comes into the lives of Christ-followers -- because the moment will certainly come. It is not a question of “if” but “when.”

    James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” Trials of many kinds can come as a spiritual, emotional, mental, relational, personal, financial, or physical challenge. How do you react when it does come?
    The moment you are confronted with it, remember in your heart that there will be choices for you to make. One option is for you to believe that you are an overcomer through Christ in you (John 16:33) and not allow the situation to bring you down. You can choose to believe and act accordingly in response, knowing that the period is only for a moment to prepare you in order to experience a greater glory thereafter (2 Cor 4:17).

    “The Lord hears the righteous when they cry out to Him to deliver them from all their troubles,” states Psalm 34:17. Sometimes, the struggle with Christ-followers is that our perspective of deliverance from a situation might be different from what the Lord has planned for us. It is very important to be attentive to the Holy Spirit while waiting for the manifestation of His plans for your life. The Holy Spirit will make it [the Lord’s message] known to us, according to John 16:15. When you are in God’s presence, learn to do more listening than talking. God also speaks through His word to your spirit. Ask for the Holy Spirit to grant you revelation while studying His word. I would recommend developing this as a daily act rather than waiting until the troubles come before seeking God on what He is saying about a situation.

    The alternative option you are left with is to react impulsively to a trial based on how it feels at the moment. This is a non-sustainable approach because, in the spur of the moment, you are likely feeling anxious, perplexed, annoyed, betrayed, etc. The price to be paid as a result of reacting to a moment of trial in the manner based on feelings can be a heavy one. You may be risking, losing a close relationship (it could be a spouse), losing a job, terminal illness, separation from having an intimate fellowship with God, and even death!
    The bible says that we are the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13). If you look further into one of the ways on how salt is processed, you will find out that brine (saltwater from the ocean) is exposed to high temperatures in order to obtain its purest form in white crystals. In the body, the sodium in salt makes you thirsty by activating electrolytes; once you hydrate yourself, water allows the kidneys to distribute electrolytes throughout the bloodstream, contributing to regulating the blood pressure. In other words, we go through challenges in order to make us more mature in our faith to become more like Christ and to give us the opportunity to thirst more for His direction for our lives and also direct others to Him.

     
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