Why Do Christians Have Trials?
The Apostle Paul certainly knew sufferings (2 Corinthians 4:7-11, 16-18; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28; Hebrews 11:32-40). And he regarded them as opportunities. There are many reasons why we face trials. Here are just a few:
* To glorify God (Daniel 3:16-18, 24-25)
* Discipline for known sin (Hebrews 12:5-11; James 4:17; Romans 14:23; 1 John 1:9)
* To prevent us from falling into sin (1 Peter 4:1-2)
* To keep us from pride. Paul was kept from pride by his "thorn in the flesh" (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
* To build faith (1 Peter 1:6-7)
* To cause growth (Romans 5:3-5)
* To teach obedience and discipline (Acts 9:15-16; Philippians 4:11-13)
* To equip us to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
* To prove the reality of Christ in us (2 Corinthians 4:7-11)
* For testimony to the angels (Job 1:8; Ephesians 3:8-11; 1 Peter 1:12)
When faced with times of trouble remember that God loves you, He knows what is best for you, and He has a plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11).
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." – Romans 8:35, 38-39
from the K-House E-Newsletter