Some time ago, I had a discussion with a young lady who was going through a lot of trials. I noticed she was always upbeat and willing to serve the Lord. So, out of curiosity, I asked her what her secret was, and she said it was embedded in practicing what is written in James 1:2. That is: “… count it all joy when you fall into various trials”.
My encounter with this young lady moved me a great deal; it soon prompted me to read around the word ‘trial’ more closely, and my first port of call was John 16:33. Part of it says: “…In the world you will have tribulation … (i.e. trial, trouble, ordeal, hardship, suffering, worry, difficulty, etc.)”. From this passage, it is very clear that trial is a guaranteed part of life, which we cannot evade, no matter how much we try.
I also read that by nature, trials are more often than not temporary: “For our light affliction (trial) which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Besides, trials are profoundly beneficial at the end of the day; a position confirmed by Apostle Paul as follows: “…the sufferings (trials) of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
So what are the benefits of trials you may wish to ask at this point? Well, there are many of them, but, I will consider only a few here, and I will use aspects of Apostle Paul’s life to back them up. Trials:
1. Promote skills
Saul (later called Paul) was legendary for his evil hatred for, and attack on Christians. At a point in time, he criss-crossed several localities and hauled Christians into jail without any justifiable reason, until Jesus Christ intervened, and turned him into one of His strongest followers. But, the authorities were uncomfortable with his love for Christ, hence they inflicted him with great trials, including imprisonments. It was while in prison that his writing skill was promoted to the level whereby he single-handedly authored more than half of the New Testament.
So, if you are undergoing any form of trial at the moment, please keep your peace, because this might just be an opportunity for God to lift you up, and make you more relevant to humanity and his Kingdom. He sure can achieve these by promoting your skills.
2. Demonstrate the power of God
Paul experienced the power of God each time he went through trial. In Acts 16:16-26 for example, a young girl harassed himself and Silas so much that he was forced to cast out the evil spirit tormenting her. And for that reason, they were beaten and jailed. But at midnight, while praying and singing hymns to God, there was a great earthquake, ostensibly engineered by God, which shook the prison to its foundation, opened its doors, loosed everyone’s chains, and set them free. To cut a long story short, the power of God was demonstrated in their trial. It can be demonstrated in yours too if you allow Him (Psalm 91:15).
3. Promote righteousness
Hebrews 12:11 captured this view along these lines: “Now no chastening (i.e. reprimanding, disturbing, troubling, trial, etc.) seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it”.
Each trial made Paul to become more righteous. Fasting and prayer became a constant part of his life (Acts 27:21), and he was in tune with God as His servant (Acts 27:23-24). Likewise, God can use your trial to make you become more righteous. Please search what the bible says concerning it, fast, pray, and hand it over to God. Most importantly, trust Him to set you free, and He will, in Jesus name. Amen.
4. Prove character
A person’s character is best proven during the time of trial. Trials has a way of separating those who genuinely love God from those who pretend to do so. Apostle Paul went through a lot of trials in his lifetime, yet, he remained committed to God unwaveringly. That means he had a very good character, otherwise he would have abandoned God without batting an eye lid. He later stated the link between trial and character thus: “…but we also glory in tribulations (trials) knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character…” (Romans 5:3-4).
From now on, please quell your trials with good character, and don’t let your good character be quelled by trials.
Friend, it is quite clear from above that trials are not all about gloom and doom alone. They are also beneficial to the children of God (Romans 8:28). They promote skills, demonstrate the power of God, promote righteousness, and prove people’s character, among others. Please, as from today, face your trials frontally with the help of the Holy Spirit, and He will rout them out and give you mouth-watering benefits afterwards, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu