Trials As Blessings Repost

Lately as I continue to face various difficult trials, God reminds me He works good in our lives as we draw close to Him in the midst and have a “count it all joy” perspective. Here’s a repost of a blog from April 2011. I’ve added a song at the end. I dedicate this blog repost to a loved one who is trapped by self-pity in the midst of a trial, which has brought him to the place of misery and hopelessness. God, deliver him and draw Him closer to You. 

First Posted on April 17, 2011by elainecreasman

Recently I entered into my quiet time battling self-pity. I questioned God’s justice.

Father, if You love me so much, then why does it seem some others are more blessed than me?

They seem to have fewer trials—especially in family life. In the past this line of thinking had led me to consider, “God, You must love them more than You love me.”

God’s answer led me down another course.

Elaine, you count only ease and smoothness of life as blessings. Trials are blessings. Trials draw you to me and grow your faith.

Then James 1:2 & 3 came to mind.

Consider it all joy…when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  NASB

Next to that verse in my Bible I wrote awhile ago the definition of endurance– “the quality that does not surrender to circumstances nor succumb when under pressure.”

As I was honest with myself, I had to admit trials had helped me in the area of enduring.

Since then I’ve been thinking a lot about trials. When I look back on them through God’s eyes, I’m able to thank Him for using them for my good and His glory.

And I’m praying for the grace to skip the complaining and self-pity and move straight to the joy when I first encounter a new trial. That’s when I will know I’m a mature Christian. Lord, help me grow up.

We cannot choose our trials,

those stepping-stones

by which we climb

the mountain of faith.

But God in infinite wisdom

handpicks them,

knowing more where we

need to grow

than we do

We can choose

to count it all joy.  emc

What about you? Are you caught in a web of self-pity and questioning God? Or are you choosing to “consider it all joy?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-k-lfRQfRU

“Steady My Heart” by Kari Jobe

About elainecreasman

I am a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. Since 1986 I have led the Suncoast Christian Writers Group.
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3 Responses to Trials As Blessings Repost

  1. judithbeckman says:

    This is so true! In my life, richest blessings have come through great trials. Our Sovereign God can use everything for good!

    • Judith, thank you for your comment. It’s so important to focus on those blessings that come through trials rather than on the negative emotions that can be stirred up during trials. God tells me again and again lately: “I’m working this for your good.” And when He does this, He gets glory.

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