In the context of a discussion on trials in life the apostle
James tells believers to ask God for wisdom to understand and use them for Gods
Divine wisdom gives us the spiritual ability to view trials form
Gods perspective. But not only does He help us to understand our suffering, He
enables us to apply the wisdom to our trials.
But if any of you
lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it
will be given to him (James 1:5).
James tells us trials come from many sources. Sometimes we bring
trials on ourselves by making foolish decisions and pursuing selfish objectives.
They come when we are persecuted for the cause of Christ. Satan is
the one behind these trials because God has invaded his territory. He cannot take away our
salvation, but he can sure eat away at our joy and fellowship in the Lord.
We live in a fallen world that has been severely affected by the
results of Adams disobedience. Therefore, hardships in this world cannot be
prevented and will be with us until the day of its redemption when Christ comes.
We also need to be sensitive to the fact that God allows each trial
that we encounter. He sends trials so that we will learn to trust Him.
God uses trials so He can get our attention and teach us through
those experiences. His wisdom helps us to discern not only His will, but also how we
respond to these pressures in life. What does God want you to learn in this process of
dealing with this trial? What is the good that can come out of this evil intent in
persecution or misunderstanding?
God tests us in order to demonstrate our faithfulness and strength.
He wants to show us how strong we are when we depend upon Him. The testing of our faith
produces likeness of Christ.
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little
while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your
faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by
fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus
Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7).
Testing proves Christian character. It tests our commitment and
endurance to live for Christ. People are impacted with the Gospel when they see us
following Christ faithfully, regardless of the chances, changes and circumstances in our
The question of commitment comes when we face trials, hardships, and
persecutions with confidence in Christ and obey Him when we do not understand why it is
happening to us.
God uses trials to strip away the superficial spirituality in our
lives. They reveal the secret inner attitudes of our lives and make us aware of secret
sins, unclarified values and selfish motives.
God uses trials to demonstrate to us His sustaining grace and power
during our most difficult experiences in life.
Christ lives His life in and through us to demonstrate to the
watching world what authentic Christianity is really like. The pressures of trials conform
us to the likeness of Christ by producing His likeness within us.
God uses our trials to minister to others who are going through
similar experiences. God comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able
to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are
comforted by God (2 Corinthians 1:4).
Through trials we are better equipped to share what we have learned.
As we make ourselves available to Him He lives in and through us
giving us wisdom, grace and power.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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