Tests and Trials Won’t Break You!

Most would agree that we are certainly in a season of tests and trials. Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” Time feels like an enemy whenever we are traveling through the valley of hardship and affliction. However, once we come to terms with our plight the second thing we want to know is how long will we have to endure. Unfortunately, God does not have a watch and He certainly doesn’t discern time the same way we do! 2 Peter 3:8 says, “A day is a thousand years and a thousands years a day.” Try figuring that math and hit me up if you have legitimate quantifiable answer! You see, God exist outside of time therefore, He can never ‘lose’ the past or anticipate the future. God doesn’t need to know the future, because to a timeless God, there would be no future. Everything would be ever-present in one timeless moment. With that being said, in spite time, we must also equally remember that during fiery tests and trials God is always present with us. He is with us just like He was with the three Hebrew boys in that fiery furnace (Daniel 3:8-25). I don’t know about you but I can certainly appreciate Shadrach Meshach, and Abednego’s testimony. I want to encourage you that God knows, and in due season, all will be revealed. So while we are waiting for time to manifest destiny don’t give up, don’t lose heart, or get tired of doing good. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time [season] we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” In seasons like this, it’s essential to fix our thoughts on heavenly things, not on temporary things of this earth. Fix our eyes on Jesus. He is the God who understands every temptation; He understands suffering and pain; and He understands our weaknesses. 2 Corinthians 4:17-19 reminds us that, “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” If you like most of us today need comfort, let God comfort you. If you need strength beyond yourself, let Him strengthen you. If you need wisdom, ask and the Bible promises that it will be given to you (James 1:5). As hard as the tests and trials may be, allow God to be God. Allow Him to do the supernatural work that only He can do. Allow Him to strengthen and increase your faith in the valley of hardship or affliction.


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