Trusting God in our Trials
Are you worn out from a revolving door of trials? Don’t be discouraged. God brings storms in our lives to draw us closer to Him. Almighty God wants our attention! The Bible shows us how we can not only survive trials in life, but be joyous and bear fruit from them (from a biblical perspective).
There are many stories in the Bible of God using the least likely to do the most important tasks. For example, in the Book of Esther, the providence of God is displayed as He uses Esther, an ordinary orphan, to become a queen and hero for His people.
Esther’s story is similar to the story of Joseph in that both stories involve monarchs who control the destiny of the Jews and how God uses ordinary people to help them.
What appears to be a bad situation is indeed very much under the control of the Almighty God.
Esther 4:14 – “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Another example is the familiar story of David and Goliath. David was a young shepherd who not only had faith in God when it came to fighting the giant, he remembered God’s faithfulness to him in the past. David didn’t let his size stop him; he knew God was bigger than any giant.
1Samuel 17:26 - “And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
God uses totally imperfect people to perform His perfect tasks. He doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
What can we learn from trials or storms in life as we walk through them?
We learn to listen to God. He wants us to have faith in Him. What is He trying to teach you in your storm? The lessons you learn may be helpful to others, too. Read Matthew 8:26
Look for the blessings. In the midst of your trial, look for the blessings. Do you see God working, answering prayer? What good has come from the experience? Find joy and pleasure in the presence of God. Read Psalms 16:11
Storms bring us closer to God. As you go to God in prayer, asking Him to help you through the storm, He draws you near to Him and gives you strength. Read Isaiah 41:10
OUR GOD IS BIG ENOUGH!
Today’s song: “Big Enough” by the Clark Family
Let God’s Word be an encouragement to you that your trials don’t have to be fruitless.