How do you handle difficult trials?
We all have our own unique way of dealing with trials; but as children of God, we are taught and shown a way that provides the best outcome for us.
The Bible says that when Job was struck with painful boils, his wife told him to give up on his faith and turn his back on God.
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
-Job 2:7-9 (NKJV)
Job had boils and sores all over his body that were not only hideous and unsightly, but they were also quite painful. Now, if you were in his shoes, how would you deal with this difficult and dreadful trial?
Job’s wife dealt with this trial in anger; but Job chose to deal with this trial in FAITH.
But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
–Job 2:10 (NKJV)
Like Job, we must endure trials in such a way that glorifies God.
When dealing with trials, most people forget to see the bigger picture. Sometimes, the trials we face are part of God’s greater plan. It may be a way for Him to get you to your next level.
God has the best plans laid out for you. When trials come, you must endure it with faith and trust in the Father. You must learn to see your trials as pieces that fit into God’s perfect plan for your life. It is through trials that our faith is truly manifested.