Commentary By: Gordon King
Life has its ups and downs, but it seems to be unbalanced in favor of more downs then ups, at least for me! Why is that? Have I messed up so bad that I must endure more and more trials and tribulations? Is my character that flawed that I must be tested over and over again?
We are told by Christ that in this life we will have tribulation, the apostles tell us that we will endure various trials and tribulations.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.“
As believers in Jesus Christ we will go through trials and tribulations, they are the testing of our faith, producing in us patience, perseverance, character, and hope. The apostle James told us to count it as all joy when we fall into various trials.
But why does it seem like some of us go through many more trials and tribulations than others?! I know that for myself I seem to be going through trial after fiery trial! What gives?
Perhaps I just need much more testing than other believers! It may just be that I am so much of a mess that the Lord needs to continually test my faith and build my character. I understand that I have been saved by faith in Christ and justified by His blood, that I am in the process of being sanctified which involves going through trials and tribulations in order to build my faith, character, and hope, I understand that, but why trial after trial?!
It may seem to myself that I am going through more trials and tribulations than most, however this may not be the case, and if you feel the same way about yourself then it just may not be the case for you either, at least not to the extent that we believe.
We need to take a step back and look at some believers who really had a rough time, the apostles. They were strong in their faith and beliefs, yet they went through some very, very difficult trials and tribulations! In fact, they were severely persecuted for their faith in Christ to their death. When we look at things from this perspective then we can see things much differently, and most of us can see that we don’t have it nearly as bad as we thought we did. However, that is not to say that there are not many believers who are suffering as the apostles did.
If the apostles went through trial after fiery trial did that mean that they were not close to God? Does it mean that they had major character flaws? No, of course not! But they did go through many, many trials, very difficult trials up until their death.
Why do we go through so many trials in our life? I don’t know. Why do trials and tribulations seem to keep happening over and over again to some of us? I don’t know that either! I don’t know why the good Lord puts us through so many trials and tribulations, nor do I completely understand all of His ways. But what I do know is that the people who were the closest to Jesus Christ went through some of the most difficult trials and tribulations ever! I know that if I suffer trials and tribulations in this life that I am in good company! I also know that what I have suffered in this life is nothing compared to what others have suffered before me, including my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
And while we go through trials and tribulations in this life we must remember that we have God with us! That He is always at our side, that His Spirit is within us, that we follow Jesus Christ who has already overcome. We can go through difficult times in this life and still have peace within us, a peace that only comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!