TRIALS OF FAITH
Fire is very useful. It's used for cooking food. It's used for warming the house when the weather is cold. Experts say that if what is called cool fire is allowed to burn dry leaves in a plantation, the ashes from the burnt leaves turns to manure. On the other hand, fire can be very destructive. Several people have died as result of fire. Properties worth millions of naira have been lost as a result of fire.
DEFINITION: Trial can be defined as the act of testing something with the view of finding out how it works. Trials brings out your worth. Trials of faith is not usually a result of wrong done.
Trials is not aimed at making you commit sin. Trials are allowed; and very often sent by God, to His beloved children.
ABRAHAM: Abraham, the father of faith, faced trials. See what God said about him in Genesis 22:12, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” Is there any thing God wants you to forsake for a better assignment? Pay the sacrifice and give it up willingly. God have the best for you.
JOB: God allowed one of the most devastating set of events ever recorded in human history happen to Job. He lost all he had in one day. His response to God is recorded in Job 1:21 as “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” What are you passing through at this moment? If God did not allow it, it would not have happened. Learn from Job by running to God and allowing Him take you through it all.
PETER: It's interesting to know that Peter described trials Christians face with fire. In his words, he said in 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." To Peter, intense and fierce trials are normal for Christians. The big question is: How are these trials you are facing now affecting you? Are they destroying your faith in Christ or are they transforming you into being a better Christian and vessel in God's hands? The choice is yours. You can allow Satan use these hard times or allow the Holy Spirit use them to transform you into a better Christian.
CONCLUSION: In times of trials, let God's purpose be seen in you. Let glory come to God through it. Let it transform you to become a better instrument in His hands. Always remember that trial times are never for ever.
May God grant you His divine grace to cope and bring Him glory in your times of trials in Jesus name.
Ven. Solomon O. Makun