We hear stories every day of bad things happening to the people of God. There was the Texas church shooting last year, churches are filled with cancer patients, car accident victims, and many other tragedies. Why do these things happen? Where is God?
The answer is that God is in the midst of all of these situations and these trials are purposefully allowed to enter our lives. That does not mean it is easy to swallow but the New Testament gives us instruction on how to handle these trials.
James explains that we should have joy in trials.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.James 1:2-4 (ESV)
Trials in our lives produce a testing of our faith. Ultimately, we should allow these trials to make us stronger. It’s like the old saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” While the phrase is cliche there is much truth in it.
Trials in our lives allow us to put our faith and trust in Christ knowing that He is the only one that can sustain us. It is in these times we look to Him for compassion, mercy, and strength. We do not rejoice for the trial, but we rejoice in the trial knowing that its ultimate purpose is to bring us closer to God and to serve for His glory.