Do you ever wonder why you’re put through these tests and trials of life? Maybe it’s something that everyone goes through; or maybe it’s something only you’re going through. Maybe it lasts one day, or maybe you’ve been struggling for years. It’s hard to think that God has a plan for you when you feel like these tests are setting you back. I feel that way all the time. I think, why does this have to be such a burden in my life? I feel like I’m not gaining anything from it. In fact, I feel as though it’s weighing me down and limiting me from reaching my life goals.
My inspiration for this particular article was my devotional for today. The message really hit home with me. I have been struggling through forgiveness and anger for the past two years as my parents divorced.
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We’ve all been there, are there, or will be there soon. I know for me, once I’m nearing the end of rough patch, I start to see it’s purpose. I start to see the knowledge and wisdom I’ve gained out of that trial. God is testing you because He is refining you. There is not one other person in the whole human race who has gone through the same circumstances as you and who has reacted in the same manner. God puts you through these trials to see how you will react. Of course, He wants you to react by coming to Him for help, comfort, peace, safety, patience, and wisdom. We all know that it can be difficult to ask Him for these things and then feel like you have acquired them.
Through my personal struggle, I feel it’s strict purpose is for me to learn to deal with my anger and to learn to forgive. Both which I still have not learned, but have definitely come a long way with. I am off and on with these traits, which is much better than not realizing how badly I need them!
“Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing”. James 1:2-4
When entering into a dark season of life, you must see the light at the end of the tunnel. God is using this to His advantage. He wants what’s best for you. He knows this is hard, but Jesus has been through it all; He knows how you’re feeling! God has a plan for you to use this trial as a way to relate and help others through similar trials, to prepare you for your next season of life, to strengthen your trust in God, to be perfect and complete in Jesus.
“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”. Romans 12:2 RSV
God is continually transforming you. One of my favorite quotes is, “In the world, but not of the world” 1 John 2:15. It’s time to start seeing who you are in Jesus Christ; stop finding the lost soul who isn’t meant to fit into this world. God is calling your name; He is constantly refining you to prepare you for His will and purpose of your life.
“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose”. Romans 8:28 RSV
As this article seems a bit all-over-the-place, I encourage you to memorize the verses above. Whatever you’re going through: the loss of a loved one, sexual immorality, forgiveness, you need to realize that it might not have been part of the plan, but it will be used to your advantage. Because that’s who God is.
“For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined”. Psalm 66:10 NKJV