Monday, March 22, 2010

Why Do We Go Through Trials?

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” (KJV)

The past few months has seen tumultuous events around the world, devastating earthquakes, storms, volcanic eruptions. Add to those, man-made events of shootings, rapes, beatings, theft, and other cruelty to fellow humans, then tack on illnesses and accidents that result in pain and at times death. It becomes difficult to not ask why, why is this happening. Why does it seem that we have one trial after another? Why does life never seem to get easier?

Perhaps, it is because we are looking at these events with a heart that needs an attitude adjustment. Everyone goes through something difficult, has something that touches him or her. No one is left unscathed. It is how one handles the trials, the pain, and the disappointment that counts. You (I) can choose to “count it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2 NIV) or you can wallow in self-pity. When trials come run, run to the Father and learn from the trials of life so that you (I) may do as admonished “comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:4b NIV). Is it not better to waste not? Trials are a time to grow, to persevere, and to find comfort in the Father.

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