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Anyone God 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."
    David 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!
    The 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; Luke 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.
    Why 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
    Doesn't 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; 5:10; 2Timothy 2:12
    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; Hebrews 12:8,10-15; Daniel 4:25 "..... till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men and giveth it to whomsoever he will." Then 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.
    The more love one expresses by acts of compassion, concern, consideration, etc., the less trials will come along

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; 29:20; Ecclesiastes 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 all experience. 
    Trials are for learning to believe only in Him, in whom are all answers for us: 2Corinthians 2:14 "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ....." 
    Notice 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 His help:

Luke 12:48  ".....for unto whomsoever much is given, of him much is required....." 

Hebrews 13:5 ".....for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you."

Isaiah 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." 

Philippians 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."

1Corinthians 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 'endure')-it." But many of us aren't patient with God.-...continues


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Life is often like holding all the cards with everyone else
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