Trusting Through Trials (I Peter 5:10)
I Peter 5:10, But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
We will all face trials. Trials and difficult times in the life of a Christian are an opportunity to see how big the Lord is. Remember that God has your trial under control. God often uses the same frost that kills peaches to grow people. A young Christian was trying to get into the peach-growing business. He worked hard and invested all that he had into his beautiful, blossoming peach orchard. Then the frost came, and it destroyed his entire crop. Mad and frustrated at God, he refused to go to church for the next month. The man’s pastor visited his house and introduced himself after knocking on the door. Without opening the door, the young man yelled, “Pastor, I’m not going to church anymore. Do you think I can worship a God who doesn’t care enough to keep my peaches from being destroyed?” The pastor answered, “God loves you more than those peaches. He knows that while peaches can grow without frost, Christians cannot grow without trials. You see, God is not in the business of growing peaches but in the business of growing Christians.” These words changed the young Christian’s entire perspective.
1. Look to the Scripture.
Peter is instructing believers through a difficult area of life. He is encouraging them to listen to what the Bible has to say about trials. Facing trials and dealing with them in a spiritual way goes against the flesh and we need help in that area (READ Galatians 5:17). We must trust in the Lord and realize He has all things under control. Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. God will help us through tough times and we must never forget that truth. The Bible does teach us that there will be difficult times we face as believers and we are never left alone when we dealing with the difficult trials in our life (READ Psalm 23:4).
2. Learn from the Saints.
Godly Christians who walk with God are a great example and encouragement to us. Proverbs 13:20, He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. We need to glean wisdom from wise men. We can do that by reading their books, listening to their instruction from online materials that contain their wisdom. When possible, we should seek to speak personally with those who are wise and walk with God (READ Jeremiah 5:5). Help from those who have been tested and remained faithful can be a great resource for any Christian.
3. Listen to the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is vital us and we must be sensitive to Him as He works in our heart (READ Revelation 2:7). The Holy Spirit is the best teacher in the world and we need to listen to what he has to say. John 14:26, But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. He is our personal helper who is available for us 24 hours a day.
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PRAYER: Father, thank You for being with me during my trials. You are always faithful especially during my trials. May I continue to learn from You during my trials, and may I never lose hope in You. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.