Your Faith Is on Trial

Your Faith Is on Trial

"Do not think it strange.” 1Pe 4:12 NKJV

Faith in God doesn’t exempt you from life’ s trials; it sustains you in them and

grows stronger as a result of them. Trials come in different areas such as sickness,

unemployment, relational conflict, and personal challenges. And trials have different time

lines; some last a short season, others a lifetime. And trials, like storms, have different

intensity levels. But most trials have one thing in common: they make you say, “ If only

I could understand why this has happened.” The Bible answers this question in two

Scriptures: (1) “ Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him

out of them all” (Ps 34:19 NKJV). (2) “ For a little while…you have been grieved by

various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that

perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory” (1Pe 1:6-

7 NKJV). God is not Santa Claus or your bellhop. It’ s not His job to give you everything

you want, exactly when you want it. Sure, God has promised to bless us, but when you

major in “ getting,” by implication you question the faith of those who may not have as

much as you. That’ s a mistake. Claiming God’ s promises doesn’t mean you will escape

adversity. Who told you that anyway? Not God! His Word says, “ Do not think it strange

concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to

you.” Real maturity often takes place in the crucible of pain. The truth is, you’ ll never

know how strong your faith is till you’ve been there.

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