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God Uses Greater Trials to Build Greater Faith and Give us Greater Joy
by Jan Hughes
12/02/2016 / Christian Living
God uses greater trials to build greater faith in Him, and to prepare us to complete greater works for Him than we could have done without the trials. Each trial prepares us for greater usefulness to God, and thereby brings Him glory as we respond with an eternal perspective.
We serve Him not for what we have to gain, though we will gain much when we are with Jesus, and in spite of the cost in this life. We are citizens of heaven. All we do here, as followers of Christ, is really about God's glory, how we will live in eternity and who we will touch, as His servants, to have faith in God through Jesus, and to know Him more deeply.
Sometimes there are trials that seem unendurable. Yet, what looks impossible to us is possible with God (Matthew 14:26). God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (2 Chronicles 22:31). God will never break His promise. He truly will provide all we need in this life if we put His Kingdom first (Matthew 6:33).
We may wonder why He allows difficult or long trials. God's thoughts and ways are far above our capacity to yet grasp. And the joy He gives us in doing His work cannot be adequately expressed in this life. And so we seek Him to know what He wants us to learn from and do with our trials.
Your trial may be used by Him to bring only one person into His Kingdom. Souls are more important to God than is our comfort. Hearing from Him is more important than anything else in a time of trial because Jesus has authority over everything in heaven and on earth. Nothing happens which He has not allowed. No trial is separate from His purpose for you.
Trials reveal our deep need of God. They draw us nigh to Him, which is necessary to hear His whisper to our hearts. Trials show us how much faith God is willing and able to give us. And joy is a result of obedience by faith. Such joy overcomes the questions, doubts about ourselves, and challenges in fulfilling the works to which He has called us.
Jesus laid down His life for us. He knew the joy that was to come (Hebrews 12:2). In times of great trials, we realize more deeply the importance of selflessness, trusting in Him, obeying Him, and the significance of also laying down our lives in submission to God, and embracing the opportunity to do our part in fulfilling His plan. He wants no one to perish in hell, but instead for all to live in eternal life with Him.
We cannot yet fully know the joy of serving God by faith as Jesus did, but in Heaven we will know ceaseless joy. We have glimpses of joy in this life when we sense His nudge to our hearts, and as we act as He has prompted, even though we do not, in this life, see the full results of what He has called us to do. To think that He would use us, as servants and witnesses, to tell and show others His willingness to forgive, is more than amazing. Yet God has chosen us to do this.
It is enough to gratefully know that a particular trial has led to greater faith and dependence on Him, for His glory and to bring others to or closer to Him. We trust Him to work through the Holy Spirit to influence others to also know forgiveness of sins and look forward to eternity with our Lord.
Greater trials cause us to search our hearts and invite the Lord to examine us. Sometimes we mistake unpleasant or even dire circumstances as negatives in our lives, or as indications that we are not useful or pleasing to God.
Through each difficulty in this life, God is building our faith in Him. Faith is the evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1). Not understanding His ways in no way diminishes the results of obeying Him in our trials. When we have faith, we pursue God. We listen for His whisper most intently when we do not know where He is leading us. At the right moment He reveals the circumstance in which we are to speak or act as He directs us. And at that moment, when we are listening closely, we do as He directs us for His Kingdom. We do not doubt, and we act with great faith that the works we are to do are by Him, through us, for those He wants to draw to Him.
The rewards, honor, joy, and glory we will have in eternity are in God's hands. He will not forget our work for Him (Hebrews 6:10), and He will give us in eternal life more than we could even hope or imagine (Isaiah 64:4). The joy to come in eternal life is so much greater than we know in this life. The small and great trials will all make sense in heaven as we meet those He has told us to help. When Jesus wipes away our tears, and our works for Him are judged, He will give us rewards that reflect His glory. Everyone in heaven will praise our Lord for giving us His strength, His courage, and His wisdom to endure earthly trials for His glory and His Kingdom.
God wastes no trial. Neither should we. In just a little while, we will be Home. May the trials He allows in your life produce greater joy!
1 Peter 1:6-7, NLT : So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold―and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
Jan Hughes is a Christian Licensed Professional Counsel with a private practice in Tyler, Tx. She specializes in Christian mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational issues. Encouragement to trust in the hope, truth, and faith of the Lord in difficult times.
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