Breaktime: The Trials of Life

If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, Psalm 44:20

It is one thing, walking through a trial deservingly but yet another, remaining faithful and still having to endure the test. This is where the Psalmist is, he is clinging to the facts, we have remained loyal, so don’t we deserve more. One of the hardest things to understand is why bad things happen to good people, and it would be a stretch thinking this short devotion is going to answer this question.

But what we can do together, is cling to the promises God has stored up for us and wait on his timing. One of the things often learned in trials is how much we like to try and control our lives. We do something good and believe we deserve something in return. This is the way life is supposed to work, but all too often, life doesn’t happen the way we expect. This expectation causes a lot of tension in a world filled with a system that believes we are entitled to a good life, and that is defined by us.

However, what if the pleasing life can be found through the hardships of life. This sounds absolutely ridiculous, don’t you think? But there are scriptures which advice us to consider it pure joy like,

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, James 1:2

This truth, for most of us, would be the last thing we want to hear during a trial. But through the trial, God does build in us. Most likely in the test, we are in a desperate state of need, and right there is where God shows us all He has. But this question remains, will we go through the hard times with Him or will we squeeze him out, becoming dependent on self?

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Who is walking with you through the trial?