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Topic: TRIAL (05/10/18)
TITLE: ON TEARS AND TROUBLES
By Christian Belyea
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But trials aren’t meant to be so. They are meant to help us grow. Yes, it mostly seems we must go through time, troubles, and tears to mature as believers, to be conformed to the image of God’s Son (Romans 8:29). For God’s is more concerned with His long-term purpose for us than our short-term happiness, to be sure!
Yes, sadly, sometimes our dearly devoted Deity must blast a bomb beneath our behinds to get us to grow into winding rivers that lead to the sea of spiritual maturity, instead of letting us stagnate into swamps of self-complacency! And so, the Refiner must test us in His melting pot to do away with the dross and to bring forth our beings into glittering gold.
Yes, “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). This means the Great Artist is weaving the tapestry of our characters through the threads of tears and trials. He is hewing our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, so to speak—and all of it, again, through trials.
Yes, trials can be terrible, terrifying, and troubling. But if we co-operate, they will come to pass. But if we don’t co-operate, God just can’t use us and must put us on a shelf. But when we do co-operate, when our faithful Father is finished, we will glorify God and wonder why we deemed our trial such a big deal. We’ll wonder, too, what all our humming and hawing was about over how much we suffered while God sowed His very own character into us!
In short, we were made in God’s image; that is, in character, justice, integrity, and truth. But ever since Adam and Eve fell, the Dear One has been working diligently to restore us to the image of our Redeemer—Christ. So, let us remember that when trials trod our way that God is up to something—something truly spectacular in our characters. Could be He is wanting to rid us of some hurt, habit, or hang-up. Or just maybe He wants to say something to us…that we should ditch a job, or an acquaintance, or a sin, or some such other thing.
So, let us not fret when the water is too wet. Rather, let us praise our sweet, lovable Savior when we suffer, for our gracious God is up to something—something truly splendid in the life of our characters. And although we are suffering so, let us remember to walk in the Son light, for the Son is still there, shining brightly as ever, even though our Savior may sometimes seem to be hidden by a mask of storm clouds.
And somehow…some way…some day…if we co-operate, we will make our Maker proud…
And as for that trial I mentioned earlier…well, the Judge found us guilty but commuted our death sentence into an eternal life one instead!
All Scriptural references taken from the NKJV Bible, 1985.
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