About now, you may be wondering how much more you can take. Times have been tough and they may continue to be challenging for a while. But I do have some good news. God doesn’t waste anything He allows into your life – particularly trials and difficulties.
God knows every loss and heartache in your life, every detail. He sees every need and cares deeply about each one. However, as much as He cares about your physical needs, He cares even more about your spiritual needs. His primary purpose for His children is that we become more and more like Jesus. (See Romans 8:29.) The spiritual and eternal take priority over the physical and temporary. But how does God do the work?
Trials “Work” Our Faith
Let’s consider a physical analogy. If we want to strengthen our muscles we must add “stress.” When we lift a heavier load than our muscles have lifted before, a physical process begins to adapt the needed muscles to the new load. Without stress, our muscles are content with their current size and strength. Add stress, and our muscles begin to change to meet the need.
Our spiritual strength and character are similar. The difficulties of life “stress” our faith. Trials give our faith a work out like heavy loads work our muscles. As we faithfully endure, we grow spiritually stronger. Without difficulty, our faith tends to stagnate. Do you want stronger faith? You need stress.
Trials work our faith. Like using our muscles to carry heavier loads make them stronger, the trials of life give our faith a workout. God will use them to grow and develop our faith so we will be spiritually mature, not lacking anything!
Our gracious God never wastes a trial He permits to enter our lives. If we will cooperate, He will use every difficulty, heartache, and hardship for our good and His glory.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4, NIV
6 Ways God Uses Trials in Our Lives
- God uses trials to break our independence and foster our dependence on Him (2 Corinthians 1:8-9).
- God uses trials to purify our faith and develop our moral character (Romans 5:3-5).
- God uses trials to test, prove, and strengthen our faith in Him (1 Peter 1:6-7).
- God uses trials to prepare us for His purposes (Romans 8:28-29).
- God works through trials to prove Himself powerful and reliable (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).
- God uses trials to prove our faith works (2 Corinthians 4:7-10).
God is not finished with you yet. And He is definitely not finished with me. I know more difficulties lie ahead. Honestly, I wish God had chosen to work another way. But I will choose to trust His infinite wisdom and submit to His refining process. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to waste any trial or difficulty!
In what ways has God used trials in your life to refine your faith and character? To make you more like Jesus!?
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Thank you for sharing this today. We have been walking through some trials. I know God is faithful and have been clinging to Him through this time. So blessed by this reminder today. I want to be strengthened and grow deeper in my relationship with Him. Blessed by your heart for Christ and thank you for sharing!
I am reading these right now and am going through some tremendous trials myself. I know that God will answer but I get rather impatient and the more impatient I get, I feel that the answers I need are that much more delayed. So these last couple of weeks, I have become more patient and do know that God will bless me in time.
Two.years later…..how is life now?
Jesus, God incarnate…NEVER promised smooth sailing…but HE did promise we ARE getting to the other side!! (provided we hang on and go it HIS way!);
The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. Proverbs15:31
Exactly what I needed today….God is good.
Donna, thanks for coming by! So glad you were encouraged!
I Really encouraged,blessed and learned, Praise God
Thank you for these scriptures and truths. I especially love the comment about how God doesn’t waste a trial He allows in a Christian’s life. Everything He does and allows has a purpose.
I so loved hearing you speak at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX in March….before COVID 19 social distancing began. Thanks for your insight into Gods Word.
Hi Patsy! I loved my time with you and the other ladies at Camp Allen. I was blessed by all of you!
Very rich teaching that I wish and pray the entire church to hear and embrace.. for their joy and for their anchor in times of pain an suffering, instead of the error and empty sermons on this subject, sadly so prevalent in the church. Blessed be the Holy Spirit for guiding you and using you to record this article. May God publish this in every language in the 4 corners of the earth