Trusting with Trials

Most of us like to be considered trustworthy. We want people to think that we are worthy of their secrets, of their respect, and their confidence. Whether or not most people are actually trustworthy is a different story, but generally speaking, it’s a quality we all desire.

However, there is one instance where we may be inclined to wish we weren’t trust quite so much. Usually this comes when we are experiencing a trial and we can’t ascertain its purpose. As Christians, we know that God is using the situation, and is using us to accomplish His good (See Romans 8:28), but depending on the magnitude of the trial that we are enduring, we may wish that God didn’t entrust us with so great a task as to represent Him well in the midst of it.

And while this may be our inclination, it’s important to remember that God is trusting us. He’s given us an opportunity to be used for His purpose and while that may be overwhelming at times, it is also a privilege. Hopefully, we want to be the kind of people who suffer well for Christ, and if God has deemed us able to do that, then we should be grateful – maybe not necessarily for the situation – but for the fact that He has counted us worthy to endure what His Son endured (although for most of us, probably to a significantly lesser degree), and to in the midst of hard situations, demonstrate how good He is.

6 comments

  1. We are most like Him when we do suffer and endure… what a Savior, and it is indeed a privilege to be tested. Thanks for the reminder Natalie.

    1. What a great though – that it's in our suffering that we are most identified with Christ. Thank YOU for the reminder.

  2. Natalie:
    Your comments are helping me to hold on to my christian walk today. Trials: My syllabus for my phd has changed 4 times in the last two weeks; I have had numerous problems with my the publisher of the textbook I am using for my OPS class which thankfully have been fixed; last night all the stuff I had uploaded for my OPS class disappeared from Blackboard 9 and an empty class shell remains,; I have been sick off and on sick Dec. 16 and am currently in the sick mode. I want to just throw in the towel and I confess that I did not read my Bible this morning. I was led to read your comments on trials. Thank you. I will focus on letting God be strong in me since I am currently very weak. Bless you.

  3. Bless you, sweet friend! I will be praying for you – that could would alleviate the trials and that regardless of whether He does or not, He will give you the strength and grace to remain faithful and strong through it. If I can help in any way, just let me know. 🙂

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