Isaiah 43:7 says that we are created to glorify God. One of the ways we do that is when we embrace our trials. They are divine gifts that bestow benefits we lacked.
Paul is such an example for me of one who embraced his trials so that he could glorify the Lord. 2 Corinthians 10:17 says, “But the one who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
Paul quoted this from Jeremiah 9:24 which says, “But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me…” The Lord desires to draw us deeper in our relationship with Him through our trials.
2 Corinthians 11:30 J B Philips says, “Oh, if I’m going to boast, let me boast of the things which have shown up my weakness.” Ponder this. To boast means: brag, exult, or glory. Are you bragging about this great trial you are in or complaining?
Let me break it down this way. What happens when you can no longer do what you used to do because of your trial? Weakness shows how absolutely we are dependent on the Lord. It also shows how quickly our flesh rises. Our protesting flesh is an indicator that we need to humble ourselves so that His grace can come.
Our weakness makes us feel inadequate. It is because we are looking at ‘me’ instead of Him. Therefore it signals that we need to refocus and center on the Lord’s provision for our needs.
Paul got it right. Once the Lord told him that His grace was sufficient for Paul’s thorn in the flesh, he exulted in his infirmity. I picture it like this: I get it Lord, now I understand what You are doing! You want to use my weakness so that Your strength is more evident as a testimony to others!
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says, “…Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 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.”
Trials reveal the hidden pockets of our flesh that only rise when challenged. Have you ever been frustrated because of your trial? Years ago the Lord gave me this definition for frustration: God intercepting my way to redirect me into His way. Instead of resisting, let us embrace what He has allowed that He may be glorified!