Reflecting On Our Trials

We endure our hardship for the greater good God wants to do in us and through us for His glory and our betterment.

We will come out of our trials as gold refined by the fire, separated from the impurities God saw in us before the heat began to build.

Tribulation builds character, maturity in Christ, and shapes us further into God’s perfect image.

Overcoming our greatest challenges brings us hope for our future and the strength for challenges yet to come.

Trials break us down and help us lay open as empty vessels before God, waiting to be filled with more of Him.

When we are reduced to nothing at all, God is up to something great.

Difficulties beyond our capabilities help us be still and watch God exercise His mighty power and great love for us.

Going through hard times gives us empathy, sympathy, and the ability to comfort others who are suffering and poor in spirit.

Trials help us put the world and our worries behind us and the work of the cross before us.

Tribulation teaches us spiritual discipline that only a loving Father would bestow upon His children in order to help them reach their full potential in Christ.

During hardship, God is never closer and more present as we seek Him and draw near to Him.

Suffering helps us to decrease and lets God increase.

Our response to challenges can serve as a powerful testimony to our faith in God.

Faith is the substance of our belief in an Almighty God who can do exceedingly more than we can even fathom.

What is impossible with man is always possible with God – HIMpossible.

Trials teach us to trust in God instead of man or our circumstances.

He wipes the tears from our eyes and holds every tear in a bottle.

He will never leave us nor forsake us in our greatest time of need.

He loves us enough to leave His heavenly throne and die on our behalf.

He understands pain and suffering to the point of death.

He is our High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses.

The Holy Spirit hears our groans and translates them into prayers to God.

Our Heavenly Father hears our cries for help, and He will answer them!

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My name is Christina Rivas. I am a child of God. In the end, it will not matter how much money I made, how many children I had, what I did for a living, or in how many ministries I served. What matters most in life is how I live each day for God. I am a Navy wife and new mom, currently stationed in Erie, PA. I am originally from San Diego, CA. My husband has been in the military for 13 years and counting as a hospital corpsman. My husband and I grew up attending Calvary Chapel of El Cajon, but we now attend Grace Church in McKean, PA. I enjoy photography, writing, card making, swimming, biking, hiking, traveling, and exploring the Great Outdoors in my spare time.
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  5. browahidpk says:

    How great is God really! Amen

  6. granbee says:

    Christina, this section just jumped out at me and perked me up to no end:
    “Going through hard times gives us empathy, sympathy, and the ability to comfort others who are suffering and poor in spirit.” I am so thankful God continues to work with me through the Holy Spirit to comfort others out of the lessons I have learned in my own “down” times.

  7. Thanks for this encouragement.

    We know that we will have tribulation in life, because Jesus said we would. One of the blessings of such troubles is hindsight. When we look back on previous times of trouble, we can see the Lord’s hand as He brought us out of them. We can see that He used the times to mature us, to mold us towards His goal for us – Christlikeness. So we can thank Him wholeheartedly.

    James 1:2-5 “Count . . . Know . . . Let . . . Ask”
    We can COUNT it all JOY when we encounter trials, because we KNOW the purposes of God. We can LET God’s maturing processes work in us while we ASK for wisdom that we won’t waste the opportunity, but use it to grow and mature.

    • Hindsight is a wonderful gift. When we can look back upon our trials, we have a different perspective than when we go through them. I love your reflection on James 1:2-5! I pray we will all desire to be mature Christians and to be molded more and more into His image, no matter what it may cost us. Thanks for your comment!

  8. ptl2010 says:

    God leads His dear children along – may this bless someone who needs this encouragement

  9. writinggomer says:

    Wonderful post, thank you for sharing. Those who have suffered through many afflictions know these truths well…if they know Christ.

    Thank you for being a blessing to so many here with your posts of encouragement.
    Blessings to you and Mark.

    Greg

  10. ptl2010 says:

    AMEN.
    Psalm 46:1.10,11
    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
    Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.The LORD of hosts is with us.

    Just remember the words of this hymn of long ago – it will help in deepest shadows:

    Are your crosses too heavy to carry;
    And burdens too heavy to bear?
    Are there heartaches and tears and anguish;
    And there’s no one who seems to care?
    Chorus
    Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus,
    He’s the Friend who always cares and understands.
    Standing somewhere in the shadows you will find Him
    And you’ll know Him by the nail prints in His hands.
    V2
    Are there shadows of deep disappointment,
    And trusts that have proven untrue?
    Has the darkness of night settled round you
    Has your hope and your faith wavered too?
    Chorus
    Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus,
    He’s the Friend who always cares and understands.
    Standing somewhere in the shadows you will find Him
    And you’ll know Him by the nail prints in His hands.
    V3
    Has the storm over shadowed your sunshine,
    And life lost attraction for you?
    Have the dreams that you cherished been broken,
    Is you soul filled with bitterness too?
    Chorus
    Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus,
    He’s the Friend who always cares and understands.
    Standing somewhere in the shadows you will find Him
    And you’ll know Him by the nail prints in His hands.

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