Hardship and the Christian Life: What the Bible Says About Trials

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As Christians, it should come as no surprise that we experience trials and tribulations in this world. The Bible makes it clear in John 15:19 that we do not belong here, and since we are not of this world, it will reject us.

 

“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”

 

While God can never do anything that is evil, He can, and will, allow trials to take place in our lives for different reasons. Hardships can be used as training for our spirit or as a teaching tool, so that we may learn humility through trials. Sometimes it comes as a consequence of choices we make that are not aligned with God’s will. And sometimes, as much as we may not like it, it will remain a mystery until we face God at the end of days.

 

While we may not be exempt from hardship and suffering, we do have the ultimate advantage: the perspective of eternity. Knowing that nothing in this world is permanent and that we have heaven to look forward to, that is our encouragement. But yes it can, and will, get tough. When it does, you have these Bible verses about trials and tribulations that will strengthen your heart and humble your spirit.

 

Remember Who Your God Is

 The God you worship is bigger than anything and everything that you may face in the world. When things get overwhelming, and it all feels too much, like your chest will explode from the tension, remember that you have a direct line to Jesus. Get on your knees and pray! Shout! Worship! Ask! You can come as you are and leave your worries and heartaches at the foot of the cross. Jesus wants to hear even the deepest despair of your soul. He wants to turn your sadness into gladness.  

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Romans 12:12

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”


John 16:33

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

 

Philippians 4:6-7

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

This World Is Temporary

It can feel really isolating when you are going through a dark season in life. Sometimes you can’t help but feel all alone; but this could not be farther from the truth. Even when it doesn’t feel like God is there, you can trust and know that He will never leave your side. Keep your eyes fixed on eternity, because while nothing in this world is permanent, the love and promises of Jesus are.


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2 Corinthians 4:17-18

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”


1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

 

Romans 8:28

“and we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.”


Exodus 14:14

“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

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While we may not understand God’s purpose all the time, we can be sure that it will always be beautiful, even if it does hurt. Our Maker is intentional about everything, and there is not a single moment of your life that is random. It will always serve the ultimate purpose: to expand His kingdom through all the nations. So take heart, and know that this life is a momentary blip in the face of eternity with Jesus.

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