“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.”1 Peter 4:12 NLT
There is something we all need to understand about this walk we are in with Christ. Just as Jesus endured trials, so do we. Now, I hope that doesn’t discourage you or make you resent taking up your cross and following the narrow path, instead, I want to give you courage today. These fiery trials are what help us trust God, when all else around us fails. I will give you three reasons to help you while you’re enduring these “fiery” trials, and how we can apply it to our walk with Christ
Trials are Temporary: The pain we feel, will not last. Instead of focusing on when the trial will end, focus on how what you can change while going through it. Maybe you just lost a relationship you were in for a long time, and you are experiencing the heart break of it. Maybe you worked hard hours to obtain a certain position at work, but you were looked over again. Job was a bitter man towards God. He lost all of his ten children and he even said to God, “My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in bitterness of my soul.” Job 10:1
While losing his children is absolutely tragic, what can we take away from this? It is easy for us to let the suffering we endure blind our “spiritual eyes”. I lost a family that was so dear to me, but in that loss I gained the best relationship in the world: Jesus. God didn’t abandon Job in his suffering, just as He won’t abandon you or I in our suffering. “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!” 2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT
Trials are meant to make us grieve: Grieving is the first initial step in a trial. We have to face the pain we are in, and root out what is causing our distress. God wants us to cry out to him. He wants us to sit at His feet while gnashing our teeth. Why would God want this? He uses our vulnerability and brokenness in order to create a more mature us. If I didn’t embrace the lonlieness and anguish I felt this past year of being single, I would have never matured or took the time to learn from the mistakes I made. I wouldn’t have allowed God to transform my pain into love and forgiveness like how I do now. “I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.” Psalms 119:28 NLT
Trials build our faith: If we didn’t have to go through adversity, what would be the point of following God? If we only relied on our mere strength, would God’s will even matter? Trials put our faith to the test. We can either let the heaviness and the hardship of the certain trial we’re facing win us over, our we can believe in God and the fact that His Son endured the world’s greatest trial, death for our sins, and win over our trial. “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.” Romans 5:3 NLT
If you’re in a “suffering season” such as I am, and you are walking around with heaviness in your heart, look up to heaven and breathe in His Spirit. The fire you are walking through will cause burning and pain, but Jesus is burning with you. Jesus is holding your hand, telling you to keep going. He is reminding you that His love is greater than this Earth, and with Him we are more than conquerors.