My personal belief is God uses trials as way of strengthen us and drawing us closer to him. Apostle Paul story is prime example of it. Paul went though many trials in his life and he took pride in his suffering. He had this great understanding about them. The more I read from him the more I am just amazed. Some verses to explain what I mean.
Romans 5:1-5 (NKJV) "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
Here Paul saying that God uses trials to strength us and mold us for what he want us to be. He has a purpose for us, and he prepares us though the spirit to go where he want us to go. There are times he is going call us into a ocean like Jesus called Peter. We may not want to go, however if we go God is going bring us something. Sometimes it is a blessing, sometimes a deepen of faith, sometimes it is to give a deeper understanding. Storms mold us though grace into his perfection.
Paul has this real beautiful moment, where he states everything he lost is in gain of Christ. Paul was man who brought Jesus to Gentiles when God called him to do so. There was nights he spent in jail for his belief and in his end he had his head cut off. However though suffering the gentiles heard the message of Christ. Though his blood,sweat, and tears thousands of people have come to Christ. People are still coming to Christ of his work. Paul's life for Christ has made one of the biggest impacts on history.
Paul also says something where he question God him self. Paul had something he was struggling with that he called his thorn in his side. Gods words to him were this: "The Thorn in the Flesh 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinithians 7-10 (NKJV)
God uses storms to teach us things and strengthen us. The Old Testament is full of them, and the new Testament explains and full of them as well. He works though these things teach us and draw close to him. Sometimes he has goes though something, to help someone down the road who goes though the same thing. Sometimes he has go though things to become leaders. Sometimes he uses them have us grow closer and surrender to him. I hope this explain some of this to you guys. If you guys want more, I can go more in depth guys. I will leave you with this. James 1:5 (NKJV) "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
God is more then willing to help us if we surrender our issues to him.
I think it is very important to step back and remind ourselves of a simply true. Jesus came to save and not condemn. Yes we will be judge by God's law. The only way we get into heaven, is though Jesus Christ's grace and salvation. It is only when we deny ourselves, bear our cross daily and come after Jesus is when we find true peace. It isn't always going be easy but is always will be rewarding. We may not see his plan, but we should trust him. There is one more important truth is remember. Jesus came to save us all, not who we think should be. We aren't better then anyone. We should see others as potential children of God. God see us as what he has planned us, not what we are now. See Gideon's Story in Judges if you don't believe me. So lets stop spreading the hate. Lets stop mistaking to word of God for hate. God word is truth. If he says it is wrong, then its wrong. He says we should do this, that what we should do. He tells us not to judge in Matthew 7:1. So even if you dislike someone, still share the word of God with him, and give the guy a smile. We are here to serve him, and to love others. Does this mean we should waver on what we believe and be quiet on issues that we need stand by? No, we should stand by the word of God. If people didn't stand on the word of God in the past we would not be here. To deny yourself and to bear your cross is make stand for him and God's word. We may lose a friend, we may lose a spouse, or even a job for putting Jesus first. However, we are to put Jesus first and to die daily to leave behind our own selfish desires. "Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."- Luke 9:23 NKJV
Sometimes they are times in life where we ask why has something happen.. It hard to understand God's will. However Job stood strong in his faith when he had the whole book threw at him as Satan tempted him to deny God. He lost his kids, his livestock, and went though severe health problems. Job never lost faith and he was blessed beyond his belief. Paul was in prison but he never lost his faith. His used to opportunity for the glory of God. He even said that all he lost was in gain for Christ. I never understood this lesson till my tools were stolen. I understand getting your tools stolen from you is not the same thing as the things they went though, but it did help me understand their perspective on things. The experience actually help me grow closer to God. I was telling people there was blessing in it, they were like well let me know what it is. The blessing was a deeper relationship with God. At that moment I have lost two years worth of building those tools for my job. I lost my main livelihood there. I was mad for a long time, I even said some thing I should have not said. However, I counted as gain for Christ. It help me grow closer to him. I understood Paul's words. I have let go of that anger, and if I ever came across the guy I would like to think I would thank him. He would never understand but he might get blessing out of it. I am not living for me anymore, I am living for Christ. So dont get discourage, ask God to help you though your trial and learn what your blessing is in this storm. So lets stand strong in faith, and live second.
" Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
We should always be kind and respectful to any one we meet. We should show some warmth to everyone. The smallest gesture can go a long way. It can make someones day, and ultimately bring good karma to you. I remember taking a driver improvement class where the teacher was impressed but how well we behave and interacted with him. We treated him like a human being and for that he reward us. A small gesture can go a long way.
When you are in a supermarket, look at the person in front of you? Do you know anything about them? The answer most of the time will be no. You know nothing about who they are or what they are going through. A problem may be small in their life but it can still be eating at them in one way or another. They may have no problem. It doesn't matter. We should treat them with respect because they are human beings. We should want to help everyone. We can make the world a better place, if we would treat every one like a human being. Give them hope for no reason.
"We can tell other people about - having faith. What we had faith in. What we found important enough to fight for. It's not whether you were right or wrong, but how much faith you were willing to have, that decides the future." -Solid Snake
What can we all have faith in? Each other. We can fight for each other. We can fight for happiness around us. We may not be able to reach to the whole world but if we can reach one person with kindness, then we have done something. We can make an impact in someone life just with the smallest gesture.
"Be Kind, for everyone we meet is fighting a hard battle." Plato
Edit: Side note, I am sorry about the sorry about the size of the font changing. I tried to fix it but no avail would be had.