Nobody enjoys testing moments in life, especially those that are deliberately orchestrated by loved ones and executed by our enemies.
Like storms of life, they usually appear at our blind side; without warning, they leave behind a trail of destruction and perpetual scars and dark memories in our lives. Imagine being slapped with an allegation of rape? Trials maybe undesirable, but they are sometimes necessary for the growth of our faith. When one is tested and endures the fire, you will become genuine.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised those who love Him”. (James 1:12)
The believer is admonished to go through trials with joy. “Consider it pure joy…” James 1:2-3
Fix your eyes on Christ when going through trials. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”.(Hebrews 12:2)
When the believer is rooted and built up in Christ, (Colossians 2:7) it doesn’t matter where you are planted, the kind of trials and storms that blow your way, you will still flourish.
Like Joseph, you maybe planted in Pharoah’s prison, you can still rise and become the prime minister of Egypt. Like Daniel, you may be planted in the lion’s den, but you can still rise and become an advisor to the king of Persia. Like the three Hebrew children, Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, you may be planted in the furnace of fire, but you can still rise and become a witness for God.
How do you respond to circumstances that test your faith? Do you immediately give up or you fix your eyes on Christ? Just before you give up, consider this; “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (Overweighs, the blackmail, lies, joblessness, etc) 2 Corinthians 4:17
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.