is working with is 'righteous'. Why? -Romans
4:17 ".....God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which
be not as though they were." Isaiah
46:10 "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times
the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I
will do all my pleasure." Isaiah
64:8 "But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou
our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."
had trials. Here David comments on his trusting
of others -Psalms 55:12-23.
That's life here -Matthew 5:45.
There are two
reasons why it is so difficult to trust others: One, because we don't know
them and the other, because we do!
premise most people hold is that of distrust of others. Rather than accept
things with openmindedness that it's possible something is true, proceeding
along until, or if, one finds something not right, most maintain inaction
so they don't have to proceed with something perhaps new for them that
may be of benefit. Many Christians have this worldly super-cautious fearful
attitude of losing soemthing they feel they have gained, not
realizing all is from God.
A program was
offered by wealthy Christians to provide other Christians and similar good
hearted individuals the wherewithal to increase their ability to be of
benefit to others-–-deposit
being fully secured, the return (much higher than regular market) guaranteed.
One could even come with their lawyer, etc. 9 out of 10 individuals having
heard of this opportunity deemed it 'too good to be true'. That did not
change the fact that it was indeed true. Unfortunately those missing out
preferred instead to not pursue that which could help others and themselves
and their families too -Luke 19:12-26;
16:10-13; John 10:25-27.
Both David and
Joseph had long continuous trials; David
because he decided wrongly, and Joseph
because he wouldn't decide wrongly. Trials are necessary in everyone's
life. Trials work character. David failed his 'test', but 'passed' because
he realized how great God's forgiveness is. He learned about God's character.
David trusted God, but allowed
his passions to cause an awareness of God's closeness to drift away.
Joseph passed his test because he was resolute
in trusting God. He had learned to trust God no matter the surrounding
circumstances. No matter how hard we try, no one escapes life's trials
and tests until he dies.
But for Christians promised
blessings, trials can be hard to take.
did this have to happen to me, many ask? I mean, aren't we serving the
Lord? Aren't we His chosen at this
time? Good question! Why?
He hear prayers for relief? If He relieved us every time we contribute
to our own problems, we've got a magic genie and not a Being concerned
with character development -1Peter 2:20;
He is able
to alleviate all problems in our lives immediately, but whether He chooses
to is another question -2Corinthians
9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that
you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to
every good work."
Trials are necessary if you want a
great reward in the real life (a life far more vibrant, exciting
and rewarding than this one could ever hope to be -2Corinthians
4:14,16-18. But God promises that nothing will come along that you
can't handle, even though you think that you might not be able to
handle it -Romans 8:28; 1Corinthians
10:13; Philippians 2:27.
Belief in Christ is the
key to getting through tough times -2Corinthians
1:3-5. Trials are relative only to one's perception of the difficulty.
To the hopeful, trials are promise of balance. To
the discouraged, an omen.
Trials are for learning God
is in control -Matthew 10:29,30;
4:25 "..... till thou know that the most
High ruleth in the kingdom of men and giveth it to whomsoever he will."
there is no reason to worry.
Trials are to produce patience and
perfection unto holiness, so that we are fully
formed (Galatians 4:19) into the
image that God sees us as; that of being holy, righteous
and perfect. Waiting on God requires patience,
but we often just 'jump right in' to what we think is an answer.
more love one expresses by acts of compassion,
concern, consideration, etc., the less trials will
Many people in this fast paced age
are hasty in what they do, causing many problems for themselves -Proverbs
14:29; 21:5; 28:20;
5:2; 7:9. Take driving for
instance: Many people drive as though tomorrow is not worth waiting for!
Fast, reckless driving leads to slow, soft music! Carl Jung said, "Hurry
is not of the devil. It is the devil."
Trials are for finding out your heart
(your thoughts and the emotions
you may specifically have and your reactions to the variables of life we
Trials are for learning to believe
only in Him, in whom are all answers for us:
2:14 "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in
that with all the power Jesus had available to Him (Matthew
26:53) that He said that He would pray for His disciple Simon Peter
that his faith wouldn't fail, not that He would pray that Satan would be
kept from macho man Simon Peter -Luke
22:31-34 "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired
to have you that he may sift you as wheat; But I have prayed for thee that
thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted,
strengthen thy brethren.
And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee both into prison
and to death. And he said, I tell thee Peter,
the cock shall not crow this day before that thou shalt thrice deny that
thou knowest me."
The books of the Bible and here,
the Book of Luke in the New
Testament in the Bible tells us
much is required from him who has been given much. If you have trials in
your life, know that the Engineer (Ephesians
2:10) has determined that you can take them and come up smiling with
12:48 ".....for unto whomsoever much is given, of him much is
13:5 ".....for he has said, I
will never leave you, nor forsake you."
41:17 "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their
tongue faileth for thirst; I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel
will not forsake them."
1:6 "Being confidentof
this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform
it until the day of Jesus Christ."
10:13 "There has 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 you
are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that
you may be able to bear-(or
many of us aren't patient with