Jun 08, 2020 • Written by Tera Lind
Trials are a Blessing
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I cried today. And I’m not someone who cries often. At first glance, it would seem to make sense. I’ve been sick for almost a month and I’m both physically and emotionally drained. I’ve been in and out of doctors’ offices, lots of tests, and a lot of unknowns. But that’s not why I cried.
I was listening to a message today and as if all of this sickness, unknowns and fears came to a peak, I heard words that pierced my heart and yet encouraged my soul. As Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth spoke, tears immediately ran down my face. Are you ready for it? Have I built up the suspense enough? Okay, this is what she said, “would you be willing to thank God for the trial you’re facing right now?” And then it hit me. Had I gone a month without thanking God for this trial? Had I only asked for his healing as if I knew what was best? Did I think He didn’t have a plan to use this? Do I only thank Him when He answers the way I hoped for?
Her words continued to pierce my heart as tears streamed down my cheeks. Things like, “Remember, trials are a blessing if they make you need God,” and, “Ask God to use those trials to strengthen you, to cause you to become more rooted in Christ.”
I Peter 5:10-11 says, “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. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.”
So with what God taught me today, I’ll ask you… are there trials you are facing that you need to thank God for today? Remember, anything that makes you need God more is a blessing. So, let’s lean in together today and thank God for whatever He brings our way.