I must admit that there are times when my problems turn into troubles.  At first I just shrug my shoulders and keep going. Then, there are the troubles that come one right after the other or all at the same time that’s when my faith becomes maxed-out. “Why, God? Why me?” seems to follow. Our man Moses said just like we might say it, “Lord, why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly?” (Numbers 11:11)

The short answer when the frequency of troubles strains our faith is: that for faith to be faith it must be tested and withstand the testing. Our heavenly Father sends tests to help us strengthen the worthiness of our faith.
Wood is consumed by fire but gold becomes pure by its flames. Our faith will be torched if it only trusts God when everything is going well—when the kids and family are fabulous, when friends are friendly, when the body is functioning and when the job is paying better than expected. Real faith will glow when heated by the Lord’s faithfulness—when family is disfunctional, when friends depart, when the body declines, when employment disappears and the light from the Lord is unseen. When your faith is in dreadful trouble and it proclaims along with Job’s, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him,” it will be the kind that glorifies the greatness of God Himself. This is the faith God wants to see develop in you—a faith that is growing you toward heaven’s virtues. “When we run into problems and trials, we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. (Romans 5:3)
You can’t enjoy the rhythm of a guitar unless its strings are plucked. How will it be possible to experience the blessedness of heaven if we have no experience with the consequences of sin and trouble of earth? Joy is seen in its richness only after traveling through the valley of shadows. The comfort of the recliner is more welcomed after the grind of a long hard day. Ah! Sweet bliss!


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