I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NLT
One of the most important part of being a Christian is knowing that it does not make us immune to life’s troubles and struggles.
As Christians, God never promised us a hitch-free ride all the way. In fact, the scripture says, many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers them from it all. It is easy for us to question the goodness and greatness of God when things go awry.
You can still be doing things right and suffer.
Therefore, those who are ill-treated and suffer in accordance with the will of God must [continue to] do right and commit their souls [for safe-keeping] to the faithful Creator.
1 PETER 4:19 AMP
So yes, why does God allow us go through trials? Does it mean He does not love us? Certainly not! God’s love for us is unquestionable. Here are reasons why we may get afflicted
1. Afflictions teach us perseverance
Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.
JAMES 1:2-4 AMP
2. Trials increase our knowledge and they help us learn God’s Word.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.
PSALMS 119:71 AMP
3. To discipline us
Hebrews 12:5-11 “And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
4. Sometimes our trials come as a result of our mistakes
Honestly speaking, i have taken wrong steps at certain periods of my life and neglected the word of God and i have had to deal with the consequences. If you commit murder, you go to jail. Bad lifestyle choices can cause sickness. God forgives us but we still have to face the natural consequences of our actions.
Proverbs 19:2-3 “Desire without knowledge is not good– how much more will hasty feet miss the way! A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.”
For every person will have to bear [with patience] his own burden [of faults and shortcomings for which he alone is responsible].
GALATIANS 6:5 AMP
But despite our mistakes, God still finds a way to use it for a greater good.
5. To keep you humble
even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
2 Corinthians 12:7 NLT
As humans, we may tend to forget the inportance of humility in our daily walk as Christians so we sometimes face situations which tends to put us in check so we don’t fall to destruction.
6. To partake in the sufferings of Christ and be more like Him.
Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!
1 Peter 4:12-16 NLT
In suffering, the life of Christ is more visible in us as Christ was heavily persecuted while on earth.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.2 Corinthians 4:8-10 NLT
7. To develop strength of character
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Romans 5:3-5 NLT
8. To be more empathetic about the plight of others
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation!
For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.
2 Corinthians 1:4-6 NLT
I know it seems when we are in troubled times, the world should stop and focus on us, afterall, you are in pains. On the contrary, this is an opportunity to reach out to those who might be passing through something similar and encourage them. Whether you are grieving the death of a loved one or the marriage has unravelled. Helping others gives us an upliftment of Spirit.
9. For eternal glory
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT
A process unto santification. To purify us.
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.
So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
What happens after?
Blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the [victor’s] crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.JAMES 1:12 AMP
Finally friends, all things work together for good to them that are in Christ Jesus. I know it may not seem that way when we are plagued by adversity but nevertheless hold on to the word of God. It is the only assurance. Don’t let the devil convince you otherwise.
We all face storms in life, some more difficult than the others. But we all go through trials and tribulations, that is why we have the gift of faith.
By -Joyce Meyer