“Both David and The Korah Clan understood that God’s Providence can include pain, that difficulties can be a Divinely plowed path inviting us to experience Him more fully.” Page 82 of “A Perfect Mess” by Lisa Harper
Trials…the word strikes fear into even some of the strongest people. It’s a word that gives us a sense of discomfort and uncertainty. As human beings it’s one of our greatest fears. I think one of the reasons we fear trial is because we fear weakness, we fear vulnerability, and we fear uncertainty. We tend to fear a need to rely on God in a situation without knowing the details of the end results of said situation. Again we fear vulnerability but we also fear judgement. To go through a trial means admitting ones weakness. We fear other seeing weakness in us. At the same time we fear that our weaknesses will taint an unbelievers view of our God.
But I think the thing is that we tend to forget that without a good battle a victory isn’t much of a victory. If everyone showed up to a sporting event and both teams were just handed a trophy there wouldn’t be much reason to boast in either team nor in all of the hard work they put in to preparing for the match.
Here’s another example; armor. In order to truly know if a piece of armor is durable or how durable it is it has to be tested. Without a test you really wouldn’t know what needs to be fixed. It can only be made known during the test where there is weakness in the armor and what needs repair and once the weakness is exposed it can be fixed and the armor can be used for a future battle.
Sometimes God allows us to go through trials to make us stronger. To expose our weaknesses and make them known to us so that we can give them over to Him to fix for the future plans He has for us.
Other times in our lives the devil will try to attack us in an attempt to discourage our faith in God, but God will give us the victory in Jesus because that is His promise to us. Jesus going to the cross and rising again gave us the victory.
It’s the blood, sweat, and tears that make a victory sweeter and more effective. As human beings we love the story of the underdog, but we seldom love the idea of actually being the underdog.
We forget that the underdog overcame when he realized he possessed something great. When we are in Christ and we focus solely on Him and not in ourselves we see that our strength comes from Jesus and we realize we were never really the underdog.
We already have the victory because Jesus has the victory and that is His promise to us. Not that everything in our lives will be perfect but that we too will be victors despite what tries to come against us.
A crowd of people shouted for Jesus’ crucifixion and He still came out the victor. Jesus didn’t deny the pain or even the fear, but in spite of them He pressed on knowing and trusting God The Father’s will knowing the victory was His to take, but first He had to go through suffering.
It was the moments that Christ Jesus put down His guard and endured the suffering, trusting the Father that gave us and the whole world victory Salvation.
It’s what our whole Faith is, Christ’s victory at the cross. Christ’s sacrifice gives us the strength to endure any trial or tribulation we experience. It’s not that we deny suffering but that we recognize it for what it is and that we understand the Strength and Empowerment that we are given through The Holy Spirit in these times.