“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 NIV
Good Morning Beautiful,
Do you remember in school how you would spend hours studying and reviewing notes for a test that lasted no more than an hour. For weeks you have been learning material and preparing for a test consisting of 40-60 questions.
All these hours are spent studying for just one test, and as a result, you are given one grade that determines how knowledgeable you are on the subject. Everything boils down to one moment where you decided if setting aside time to study was worth it.
Some of us can study for hours and pass, while others can study right before the exam and pass. Either way, it goes; you can rest knowing that the test doesn’t change, but it’s the preparation that determines the test’s worth.
Like in school, we are tested to know our knowledge; in life, we are tested to see how well we apply our knowledge. The same rules apply-your preparation determines the outcome.
Life is not lived without a test. day in and day out, we are tested and tried, and I’m sure most of us ask the question, “for what.” What are we being tested on? Is it our faith, our beliefs, whether or not we are good people? The questions can go on and on, but one thing remains the same, and that is we cannot go through this life without being tested.
The trials that we endure in this life are not easy, and it’s not enough to say, “I could be doing worse or at least I’m not going through what so and so are.” Comparing or downgrading what we are going through does not make our test any more uncomplicated. At times Some of us go through things that we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. So then you ask, “Lord why me.”
Jesus says in His Word, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
James 1:12 NIV
This scripture alone makes enduring trials worth it! God calls us blessed-blessed to have experienced hardships and survived them. We are survivors and warriors in Christ.
The Bible also says, “that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
1 Peter 1:7 KJV
the ultimate victory is what is expected to be received in the end, and that is being able to stand before God and hear “you good and faithful servant.”
We all want to be triumphant and victorious over our circumstances. It is easy always to want to stand on the mountain top and never walk into the valley, but in the valley, the real battles are fought and won.
You may experience depression, anxiety, doubt, embarrassment, loneliness, worthlessness, hopelessness, grief, pain, and isolation in the valley. The list can go on and on because we all suffer through different things. Notice I used the word “through” instead of “with” because these things we endure during trials are not who we are, just what we have experienced.
The valley gives you the confidence to stand your place on the mountain top and declare your position as a child of God.
To be open with you all, my trial is waiting- waiting on the promises of God. During this wait, I have experienced depression, embarrassment, shame, insecurity, doubt, and more brokenness than I can describe in the posting. Waiting on God is not all fairytales and magical pumpkin rides. It is hard work because this trial requires a lot of dying out in the flesh, and let me tell you, IT HURTS!!! I know that God is never short of His promise but if you are also struggling to hold on let me tell you firsthand that you are no alone.
God is not making any mistakes in your life, and whatever circumstances you are experiencing right now, God is giving you the strength to hold on to and continue waiting.
As I said earlier, your preparation determines the worth of your test. When God opens the door for you to walk In your promise, I want you to know without a doubt who brought you in because guess what, even after the promise is given, trials are still to be endured.
I need you to know that God prunes what He wishes to see in you, but if you lose sight of who He is, you’ll lose sight of that promise while withstanding trials. Please don’t give up now because I want you to triumph.
I leave you with this:
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14 KJV