Designer Trials

Matthew 5:45 says, “…for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” When His sun shines, it shines on everyone. If a group is out in the rain, they all get wet. This verse emphasizes that God is not a respecter of persons. We all have trials.

However, there is a distinction for the believer. Our trials train us to be more like Christ. They are designed for each individual. They are unique, and tempered according to our spiritual maturity. Therefore whatever your trial’s magnitude is, it is divinely crafted to give you the benefits that you lack.

Trials are not a ‘one size fits all’ category. You cannot stereotype them. They are as unique as we are in our individual thumbprint. Paul had a thorn in the flesh. Our trial might be considered a thorn in the flesh, but it is nothing like Paul’s. His thorn came after he had the visions and revelations of the Lord when he was caught up into the third heavens.

Trials purify our faith for what lies ahead of us. We don’t know what the Lord has called us to walk through. That is why He brings the designer-trial. We have to be trained to fulfill what He has called us to. This may be why we go through one type of trial into another type. Like a kaleidoscope. He turns our life just a bit, and a whole new scope is revealed. 

As shocking as it sounds, I needed to fall into the ravine in 1977. It was His designer-trial to bring me to Himself. Before the fall I was a busy person serving the Lord. Yet, I knew nothing of intimate communion with Him. Through that trial He wooed me. He trained me to discern the moving of His Spirit in my life. He set me on a whole new course that I could never have imagined.

I have read that a shepherd has to take drastic measures with a sheep that continues to wander off. He will break one leg, then carry that sheep on his shoulders. The sheep so bonds with the shepherd. When it is healed it follows him wherever he goes. That sheep needed to have its leg broken. It learned obedience through its designer-trial.

Paul had to go through his designer-trials. The Lord told Ananias Paul’s future. Acts 9:16 says, “For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” If you need a refresher on his sufferings, I encourage you to read 2 Corinthians 11:23-33. That list makes me gasp every time I read it. Yet, we still are eating the fruit of his life in Christ. He wrote 13 books in the NT.

The designer-trial that you are in right now is essential for your spiritual growth. Tomorrow, Lord willing, I want to take a deep dive into 1 Peter 2:2-3. Here are a few questions for you to ponder: am I savoring the goodness of the Lord? Has my discerning palate been dulled by the things of this world? Am I drinking deeply of His love?

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