“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8
As Paul said, troubles are all around us. Trials face us sometimes daily. When faced with these trials how we react is important. We can become self-absorbed and cry about how tough everything is and constantly ask “Why is this happening to me?!” Or, we can remember Jesus and tell ourselves, “This is only temporary.”
You have been chosen by God to do a certain task. In order to do the work He has given you, He must toughen you up. How does God toughen you up? He allows trials to interrupt your life so that your faith can be tested and purified. During these difficult times we need to remember four insights. Peter gives us a glimpse of these understandings in 1 Peter 1:3-7.
- Remember whose you are. (verse 3)
- Remember what God has promised. (verse 4)
- Remember who will see you through. (verse 5-6)
- Remember why God lets you go through trials. (verse 7)
Another important thing for us to remember during troubling times is that God does not abandon us (2 Corinth. 4:9). Jesus is aware of your situation. He knows exactly what you can and cannot do with your situation.
Lastly, trials can be witnessing opportunities. Paul and Silas were put in prison for preaching the gospel (Acts 16:16-36). They were tortured with whips and chained to a wall in a dark and damp dungeon. Sounds pretty bad to me! But did they whine about their situation and cry about how tough it was? NO! They gave praise to the Lord. They worshipped the Lord in song. They prayed. And because of their godly actions, Paul and Silas managed to lead their jailer and his entire family to the Lord. The man saw that they were in a terrible position, yet they still worshipped God and gave praise to Him.
The next time a difficult situation interrupts your life, which will you choose? Will you whine about how tough everything is for you or will you remember Jesus and say, “This is only temporary.”?