Trials and Tribulations
The definition of trials and temptations is "experiences or situations that test a person's endurance, self-control, or resolve".
another term might be "hardships or sufferings".
The Word of God informs us that we will all go through these hardships and testing, no one escapes.
1 Peter 4:12 "Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you"
Romans 5:3 "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance...."
1 Peter 1:6 "In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials..."
James 1:2-4 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 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 nothing."
1 Peter 5:10 "And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you,"
Romans 12:12 "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."
1 Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
Our God is good and cares what we are going through. However, He knows that He must toughen up His children to live faithfully in this world and to not be overcome with its evil. It is like a spiritual boot camp for training to live in this world. We have a spiritual enemy who means to destroy us or to render us totally ineffective for use by the Lord.
Be of good cheer! God has made a way for us to go through these trials and temptations, to come out stronger than before, filled with spiritual strength and resolve.
Psalms 34:19 "Many are the afflictions/trials of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all."
John 16:33 Romans 5:2-5
Romans 8:28 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Joshua 1:9 Isaiah 41:13
- Pastor Sandra Matheson
Father God, in the name of your son Jesus Christ, I ask you to guide me through each and every trial and temptation of life that I will encounter in this world. I ask for your grace and mercy to surround me, for wisdom to direct me, and for favor to cover me.
Thank you that I can have confidence in you that I will endure and come out victorious.