When a trial comes upon us, we tend to think, “Why me? What have I done wrong?” We may have done nothing wrong. Trials are necessary for growth. No matter what storm you face, you need to know that God loves you. He has not abandoned you.
The purpose of trials is not to make our life difficult and sad. God gives us tailor-made situations so that we can see the sin which dwells within us – so that we can acknowledge the truth and become happy and free. Trials reveal how we are by nature. We are able to see, for example, that we place demands on others, or that we are unthankful or impatient. But being able to see our own nature is God’s great grace. It is light from heaven that makes things clear for us. In this way, we can partake of divine nature in this specific situation. Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness. Rather, we should actually be glad for them. God sends trials to strengthen our trust in him so that our faith will not fail. Our trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self-confidence and drive us to God.
When it seems as if God is far away, remind yourself that He is near. Nearness is not a matter of geography. God is everywhere. With any trial, you wonder why. You evaluate your actions, your mistakes, your sins. You repent, fast and pray. You cry out to God with more emotion than you knew you possessed. If you are normal, you have moments of anger, perhaps even doubt. Here is where we can produce fruit or destroy it. With God’s help, we must forcibly evict these carnal thoughts from our minds. We cannot allow seeds of doubt to germinate, and if they do, they cannot be allowed to grow. We must look forward and deal with the situation. No sane person sits around, wishing he had a trial. That is absurd. No one is ecstatic to find himself encompassed in pain. Only when you have faced your troubles and started to fight can you begin to see even a glimmer of a positive result at its conclusion.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. Not only is there a cause for every problem, but there are also solutions to most. God can show us how to resolve them without compromising on what is right. We need to go to Him for those answers. God, who gives us life and all the things that make life enjoyable, is not indifferent to our sufferings. He has great plans for us in the future. He is moulding us to become His children for all eternity. In order for that to happen, changes must take place in our character. We have to become like Him. That process includes trials and testing. With God help, we can place the outcome of the trial in God’s hands and in confidence know that in some way good can come to us if we stay true to His ways.