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Our Trials Have Meaning

I once attended a church whose pastor believed trials are not from God. I actually had a lively discussion with him in terms of proving God uses trials and persecutions to build a Christian’s faith and love for God. It was not until some time had passed that I realized the pastor believed in the prosperity gospel.

The prosperity gospel convinces Christians that God wants them to be healthy, wealthy and happy in this lifetime. I will not revisit this topic, as I have already written about this before. What I would like to write about today, though, is to make the point that God loves us and that no matter what happens in this lifetime, he will never abandon us. The trials we go through as individuals, and as a church, happen for a reason. We may not know the reason for our suffering now, and we may not know it until we have lived our lives to the full, but God has it all planned one-thousand moves ahead of us. He knows where all the pieces of our suffering fit in the grand scheme of his design. What we have to do is trust him with all our hearts, with all our souls and with all our minds. Then, and only then, will our trials have meaning.

Before Moses died, he provisioned Joshua to be his successor. Part of that provisioning included encouraging words that would carry Joshua and the next generation of Israelites to the Promised Land:

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

In the same way, God will not leave us or forsake us. We may have days when we feel we should have stayed in bed and not faced the world, but God will not give us a trial we cannot handle. He has already counted the cost, and he knows we can overcome. We just need to look to him for the courage and strength. Through his son Jesus, we can do all things, as the Apostle Paul says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). And by the power of the Holy Spirit, God brings into remembrance the words we need to move forward, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26).

Whatever you may be going through, whatever trial you may be facing, remember: God is always there listening, whispering; he will never abandon you (Psalms 16:1). You are very important to him, and no one can prevent you from drawing closer to him. His purpose for all of us is for us to rely on him fully, perfectly and without hesitation. He is our God, our creator and king.

No one can take that away from us.

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Jack Flacco preaches a message of repentance and forgiveness, offering hope to those looking to improve their relationship with others through faith in Jesus.

16 thoughts on “Our Trials Have Meaning

  1. Psalm 119v65-73 says a LOT. Pity that pastor didn’t know his Bible. But many don’t.

    A well argued, acutely relevant post and a joy to read.

    Been in an extreme situation for twenty years. And I’m a totally different man by now, can say from personal experience how right you are.

  2. Great post. I am going to be exploring some of these types of questionable spiritual theories in some posts as I think it will help me to think them through. I appreciate your writing about these issues. I have noticed that those who promote ideas connected to the prosperity message will make statements such as “Well, the God I know wouldn’t…” and then insert whatever they think God wouldn’t do (allow suffering, etc). This always strikes me as odd, as the Bible is chock full of examples of times that God allowed, or even appointed, individuals who did bad things to His chosen people. All of it was for a purpose. We aren’t privy to the entire plan. We have a place and a purpose within the Plan. I am grateful for that!

    1. I wish you all the best with your writing, Abe. Writing through theological problems has helped me immensely, which I am sure will help you as well. And seeing that you are reading your bible, it is also awesome that you are keeping God at the forefront of your learning! Now, you have touched on something that really struck me. You mentioned something I have heard as well, “The God I know wouldn’t…” And to that I say, it could be that the God of those people, who say this, is not the same God I know from the bible; the one who used the Babylonians to chastise Israel for their idolatry; or the one who had broken David’s kingdom in two due to David’s adultery; or even more so, the one who had put Jesus on the cross. Because if the God they know wouldn’t do such a thing, then they would have to admit the God they worship is not the same God of the bible who did cause Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion. After all, their God would not allow suffering; and who better not to suffer than God’s own son, Jesus. Thank you for your incredibly deep insight. Blessings always!

      1. I appreciate yours as well Jack. I enjoy sharing experiences and thoughts. I also enjoy reading the words of people across the world. It is nice to take the messages that people share into my own life. Good stuff.

  3. I can testify…Always, always, always there is a lesson to our trials and if we surrender in whole those lessons become clear. For me it took a lifetime, but I found my answers in Christ Jesus and His word. Clearly and without question, I found my answers.

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