“We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust Him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously.” (I Corinthians 10:13)
There are seasons of time that are filled with hardships. The unknown can be very daunting. We sometimes find ourselves in a corner with no way out. Everywhere we look there is a wall or a block preventing us from escaping, but God knows everything. He is Omniscient (All-Knowing). He is Omnipotent too, which means He is All-Powerful. He looks into our corner and He too sees no way out, but He makes a way where there is no way. Only He can do this. He is infinitely smarter than we are and yes, He is infinitely smarter than Satan. Satan is limited by God in his ability to harm and destroy us because we belong to God.
The key word here is TRUST. The real question is not if God has the ability to do it, but rather WILL HE DO IT FOR ME–NOW? To trust someone means that you BELIEVE they are going to help you. Faith is tied to belief. We must believe God is faithful to help in the seasons of testing and hardships. Jesus never said it would be a bed of roses to follow Him–quite the opposite. The narrow road is hard because of the resistance of the devil.
Have you ever wondered why the wicked and ungodly people seem to have it all? Why they seem to prosper while you are struggling to make ends meet? David lamented the same thing in the Psalms. Consider this: if Satan is confident he has someone locked in for an eternity in the lake of fire, why would he bother them? He has no reason to resist them. However, he DOES have reason to resist the children of God. His mission is to steal from you, kill you if he can, and destroy your relationship with God. He does this through hardships, deferred hope, calamities, and stolen dreams.
Take a lesson from Job, who withstood the worst onslaught that Satan could throw at him. God limited Satan’s ability to totally destroy him, but there came a point when the trial ended and God restored everything to Job and added double to it. He literally got double for his trouble. Is Job more special than you or me? No. We have a new and better covenant through the blood of Jesus. We are the Bride of Christ! We are victorious through the Author and Finisher of our faith.
During seasons of hardships, trials, and testings, remember to TRUST God. As bad as it may seem, God has already made a way of escape for you. The timing is set, the severity of it is set and the nature of it is set. It is in the place where you don’t understand why it’s happening and when it’s going to end, where the real test of your faith occurs. Do I trust God has my back, or am I on my own? It’s an opportunity to glorify your Father in heaven by trusting Him in the middle of your hardship. Trust God anyway…
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