Giving my life to God was the best decision that I have ever made in my life and I have never one day regretted doing so.  Now that I got that out of the way, let me confess.  Christianity was nothing like I expected. My expectation was once I gave my life to God, everything would fall together perfectly. I would have no adversity or trials because Jesus was my superhero that would make me feel like I was walking on sunshine 24/7. Boy oh boy was I wrong.  Having these unrealistic expectations caused the wind to be knocked out of me when trials and hardships finally showed up at my doorstep.

Going through my first really hard season after I became a Christian was traumatic.  I was devastated and shocked that God would allow this to happen to me.  I thought I deserved better.  I equated trials and hardship as a consequence for being bad, but this was all false.  It was during this season that I learned the truth about trials and hardship.

Every Believer Will Experience Trials

Every so often, I would have a conversation with someone that is hesitating to give their life to Christ.  I would ask them, what is stopping them from taking the final step?  These persons would often say something like, “It is too hard to be a Christian.”  My next thought would usually be life is hard period, Christian or not.  This could not be truer.

Being a Christian does not exempt you and I from life’s hardships.  Trials and hardships are a part of the fallen world that we live in. As a matter of fact, every believer will experience it.  Jesus made this clear when he told us to take up our cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23).

The beautiful part about facing hardships as a believer is that we know how the story ends.  God has already guaranteed us the victory.  He has already promised us that everything we go through will work out for our good.  In addition to this, God promises that He will always be there.  In a nut shell, as we follow God, we can be confident as we go through trials because our trials will not defeat us.

Trials Benefit You

I know that this sounds like a total oxymoron, but hear me out.  Although trials can feel devastating, trials are also good for the believer.  I remember a period in my life when I got really comfortable.  Life was a routine.  Get up, go to work, pay bills, rinse and repeat.  As I did this over and over again, I began to feel stuck.  This feeling of being stuck came from the fact that I was not being challenged in any area.

This same principle transfers to our spiritual life.  When we are not being challenged, it is easy to become comfortable.  The problem is that growth does not happen in comfort.  Growth happens in discomfort because it is in discomfort that you fight to find comfort again.  James actually tells us that we should rejoice when trials come.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
James 1:2-4

While God is definitely not the author of your trials, know that He will use this to get you to the place that you are destined to be.  Your trial is not in vain.  It is actually the doorway to your next level.  Walk through it rejoicing.

Trials Give You the Opportunity to Gain Eternal Rewards

My favorite part about trials is that it is an opportunity for me to be rewarded by God Himself, not just now, but into eternity. Personally, my mind is constantly stayed on eternity.  I have fully accepted the fact that I am not on earth to stay and one day I will get to meet and live with Jesus forever.  Because of this, I want to make the best decisions on earth that will benefit me both here and in eternity.  Enduring trials offer us an opportunity to build towards our eternity.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
-James 1:12

I’m not here to tell you that trials are easy.  As your sister, I know the key to overcoming trials is viewing it from a different perspective.  Instead of seeing them as something that will crush you, see them as an opportunity to be propelled.  Endure this season like a good soldier.  After all, God is on your side.

If you are not a believer, but want to become one, I’m always just an email or message away.

Until Next Time.

Be Strong, Be Courageous, Serve God Wholeheartedly

Berta

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