I belong to several writing loops. Recently, I have noticed an increasing amount of prayer requests having to do with sickness and finances. Clearly, the enemy is out to oppress and suppress God’s writers.
Perhaps a look at the purpose of trials and tribulations will help us when we are hit head on. Here are a couple of things you may wish to keep in mind:
1) Without being masochistic about it, we should anticipate trials and tribulations. Jesus said that in this world, we would suffer tribulation (John 16:33). But He also said, “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” Trials are part of the Christian life. When we are prepared for them, we will better be able to weather them.
How do we prepare for trials? By abiding in the Vine. By staying anchored in Jesus. By remaining in continual communion with the Holy Spirit.
2) Do not be afraid of trials. I like to think of a trial as a test of faith. Each trial that comes our way is a test to determine the condition of our heart. Are we willing to trust God in the midst of this trial, or is our Christianity only lip service? When the rubber meets the road, who are we really on the inside? It isn’t God Who needs to know the condition of our heart; He already knows that. It is we who need to know the condition of our heart.
So the next time you face a trial, remember that God is testing you. Whether or not you pass the test is entirely up to you. But the good thing is that you are not alone. You have the help and support of the Holy Spirit Who will walk alongside you and lead you into victory.
P.S. Our very own Pam Halter graciously sent this writing opportunity. Please check it out: