John 16:33-These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
It has been said that there are 2 things in life that we can be certain of here on earth. Death and taxes. On today, I would like to add another name to that list of certainties and that is trials and tribulations.
None of us will go through life without experiencing trials and tribulaitons. You may not be in a trial right now, but know this: the winds of trouble are brewing everywhere and there is no escaping for none of us.
Job declares that man born of a women is but a few days full of trouble.
As Christians, we do not have problem in understanding suffering of the unbeliever, but when suffering comes to us as believers we tend to ask “Why.”
But if the truth be told, being a Christian does not make us immune from the test and trials of life. Following Christ promises suffering, not immunity from it.
Trials and tribulations are a part of life that is guaranteed to come our way, saved or unsaved. They show up suddenly, without warning and of course, without our permission.
Scripture clearly teaches us that pain and suffering is a part of life for the believer. If trouble has not knocked at your door yet, KEEP LIVING!
I know many of you will disagree with me, but truly, I believe that the best test for Christian growth and maturity is trials and tribulation.
Trials prove what is on the inside of us. They teaches us a lot about us and God’s will for us and trials forces us to seek God.
It is only on the unavoidable path of trials and tribulations that patience is produced in us.
Every test, trial, pain and suffering we will have to endure on this path called trials and tribulations is designed to help us to reach God's goal for us of a transformed life.
Jesus declares in this text to His disciples that trials and tribulation is an unavoidable path that is guaranteed to come their way and when it comes, they are to remain connected to Him because in Him is where peace is found.
Take heart Jesus says, for I have overcome the world. Take heart, find comfort, pay attention, remember, don’t forget, don’t loose sight in the midst of your test and trials that I have overcome the world!!
God has given us His Word to guide us, His Holy Spirit to enable us, and the privilege of coming to Him anywhere, at any time, to pray about anything.
Regardless of what your test or trial you are having to endure on today, remember this: 1 Corinthians 10:13- There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
James 1:12 - Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
God bless and I love you all.