Smith Wigglesworth, a great preacher of God, once said, “Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.” And how true that is.
No one likes going through trials or hard times.
Sometimes it can get to the point where you literally have nothing left to say to the Lord. You’ve fasted, cried, prayed, and tried, but there comes a point where you reach the end of your rope.
Take a look at the life of Job for example.
Job was a righteous and perfect man. In fact, the Lord said of Job that “…there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil…” (Job 1:8)
And yet, the Lord allowed great trials to come upon him. He suffered the loss of his children, his animals were stolen from him, his servants were slain and he was smitten with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown the Bible says in Job 2:7.
Even with all this, at the height of his testing, Job was still filled with integrity, even when his own wife said, “…Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die.”
But he did not.
Job received great blows of awful circumstances that came upon him, one right after the other. However, he still remained faithful to God.
Now he had some questions and complaints mind you, but God set him straight with who He was and Job’s latter end, ended up being better than his former end.
It’s amazing how everyone is so different in this world and how we all come from different walks of life. No two people are the same or have the exact same circumstances, but one thing is for certain, this Christian walk is not going to be easy, just ask Job… or Paul, Steven, John the Baptist, Moses, Daniel and the list could go on and on.
Most of all, just ask Jesus.
“… He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” -Isaiah 53:5
I once heard a lady say, “Perspective is a powerful thing,” and it is. It’s amazing how having a different perspective can change your whole outlook on things and once God set Job straight, his perspective changed.
The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
That means faith is believing God for what we do not yet see and that is hard, but that is what makes it faith. Mountains are there for us to conquer them in Jesus’ name, but outside of Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5).
If you are going through a trial, I guess the only encouraging word I have for you is the Word. The Bible says in Psalm 4:1, “…Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress…,” Hebrews 13:5 says, “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” and Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
It is only He who can give us the strength to endure whatever may come our way and in the end, I pray that we can all say with the psalmist, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name” (Psalm 103:1). Amen.