Following Jesus doesn’t mean life will get easier, in fact he tells us it will be harder? How does he tell us to suffer through our trials well?
THE TESTING OF OUR FAITH
I always heard preachers talk about trials and suffering growing up. It sort of went like this: You’re either going through a trial, or you’re about to go through one.
Before college, the worst thing I had been through was that a boy I liked didn’t like me back. I thought that’s what he was talking about. Little did I know what a blessing my upbringing was compared to others.
I’ve been through my fair share of trials since then, and each one has left me a little scarred, but also more compassionate toward others. I understand now what those preachers meant—no one escapes hardship.
Some of us are taught that if you become a Christian, life will get easier. I am thankful that wasn’t what I was taught to believe even from a young age. There’s a movement in churches now to appeal to people through the “prosperity gospel”, which in my opinion, is false teaching.
We are not called to follow Christ in order to have an easier life. In fact, he tells us that things will most likely get harder!
"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Peter 5:10 "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived." 2 Timothy 3:12 "Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church." Colossians 1:24 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
SEARCHING FOR HOPE
So what is the point? What is our motivation?
The answer is hope. Hope in the good things to come, hope that he will make all things right in his time.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
In order to hope, we have to trust. This is the hard part. But by remembering what God has done for you, and looking for how you’ve grown through your trials, you can live through them with purpose and meaning instead of becoming the victim over and over again.
Suffering is not easy, but there is hope and joy on the other side of it.
“We boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-5
“DEALING WITH TRIALS” BIBLE STUDY PRINTABLES
I’ve created a 4 week study with the third week covering what the Bible says about trials. Here’s how to use the sheets:
- Highlight and read verses on trials
- Write out your favorite and display it somewhere to view throughout the week
- Check off stress management tips that you use throughout the month
- Fill out the journal prompt to discover your triggers
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Praying for you friend! Look for anything good happening around you and add it to your gratitude list!
He’s got this!
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