By Kendra Clarke
You may not fully understand God’s reasons and His timing for allowing specific adversity to strike you, however, that is not a precondition for your obedience. There are things you will never understand in this life, true enough, but trust that He will never allow you to go through your trials alone. Like a protective parent watching over their young; so too will He be watching over you. When you fall, when you hurt, He will pick you up, dust you off, wipe your tears away, and comfort and encourage you to persevere through to the finish line. He will never allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear and will make provisions for you as you go through (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Faith Produces Perseverance
As you grow stronger in faith and in spirit, so too may your trials become more intense, but take solace that you could not experience true spiritual growth any other way. This is because, “the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:3) and a new creature is formed in adversity. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here”! Trust in God to make something beautiful as Isaiah 64:8 says, “O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and you our Potter, and all are the work of Your hand”. Remember as you go through,
- Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you (Job 22:21).
- God will take your trials and sculpt you into a new creature, a masterpiece for the benefit of His kingdom. He will use these times to mold you into the image of His Son Jesus.
- Depend and lean on Him and not on your own understanding and He will work wonders in your life. You won’t always have a privileged view from that mountaintop because there will be times that you are in the valley, but don’t lose sight of God’s greater purpose.
- Accept the seasons of great abundance along with the times of great famine recognizing that there is a reason and a season for everything God does or allows.
- Pray, be in good faith and trust in God’s sufficiency, for your trials will not last forever.
He will never leave you where you are. Surrender to Him and He will be your strength as you go through the fiery furnace, for God says in Isaiah 48:10,
“I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”
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