PHOTO: HEIKKI VUONOKARI
PHOTO: HEIKKI VUONOKARI
What kind of trials and adversities have you experienced in your life? Have there been things that have tested your faith in life and in the future? Have you had such heavy trials that they have seemed to crush you and make your whole life and future impossible?
People in the Bible times also had trials
We experience many kinds of trials and misfortunes. They are part of our lot as human beings. Each person probably has his or her own way of managing such situations. Adversities tax our mental resources. They distress us. It may be difficult to see that things will ultimately change to the better. All adversities are like heavy blows on the very foundation of our life. When David was told of the death of his son, his grief was overwhelming. “And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, 'O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!’” (2 Sam. 18:33.)
What is God’s purpose?
Moses, as the leader of his people, experienced many trials and adversities that distressed him. He prayed to God, and God heard the prayer of this anguished man. God asked this surprising question, ”Moses, why do you cry to me?” (Ex. 14:15.) Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his own son. Measured by the standards of human life, could we say that this was the hardest situation anybody can ever face?
According to the Bible, God allows people to suffer trials. Peter instructs us in his letter that trials are ultimately a blessing to our faith. ” So that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet. 1:7.)
The purpose of some trials is to wear and burn away from us things that are foreign and harmful to our faith. Have you been able to believe this when struggling with trials? It is sometimes quite impossible for us to understand that trials are actually a manifestation of the good intentions of our Heavenly Father. We feel tormented and keep asking ”why”, and we seldom get responses to these questions.
Lord, increase our faith
Our faith can be tested by many different things. Most of the time we simply need to trust and believe that the Heavenly Father means well and takes care of His children even when they are afflicted by temptations and trials. Like the disciples, we can only say, “Lord, increase our faith!”
The Proverbs express this briefly and clearly: ”The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts” (Prov. 17:3).
James even instructs us to consider trials a cause for joy (Jam. 1:2). Paul also understood that troubles and trials may make us see the goal of our faith more clearly (Rom. 5:3–5).
When we experience trials, we can approach our Heavenly Father in prayer. Believers can also agree to remember each other in prayer.
Anybody who feels weary in trials and temptations is best consoled by the knowledge that Jesus Christ, our Saviour, can help all those who struggle. His holy gospel comforts us and gives us strength. Be of good cheer! One day our endeavor in faith will end and we will experience the joy, brightness and glory of the appearance of Jesus Christ.
Published in Päivämies on 25 Nov. 2015
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