Let’s remember God’s progression in our trials. Romans 5:3-4 says that first comes the trial, hardship, or adversity. Through that we learn perseverance. God uses our walk in perseverance to develop our character. Through that development hope is established.
Verse 5 says, “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.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Our trials, hardships, and adversities are enveloped in God’s love. His love is unconditional.
Remind yourself often that God is never disappointed. His love encompasses every aspect of our lives. Hebrews 12:5-9 was written to help us understand that a large part of our progressive sanctification is discipline because He loves us.
Verse 10 started out in reference to our earthly fathers. It says, “For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.”
The resulting profit of our chastening was further stated in verse 11. In the Amplified it says, “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness—in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action…”
His discipline is profitable only to those who are trained by it. Have you ever had to repeat a trial? I have. How many dorm mothers have had young girls under their tutelage that did not get along with their mothers? The girls will complain, ‘My dorm mother is just like my mom!’
Perhaps it is a young man who went into the military to escape what he considered was his overbearing father. He soon found out that his drill sergeant was far stricter. The Lord does not allow us to escape His method of training. His goal is to develop our character through every trying circumstance in our lives.
I think about the trials I’ve had to repeat. They were all for my spiritual growth and well being. I did not suffer unjustly. I’m drawn back to Hebrews 5:8. I cannot imagine what it was like for the Lord. It says, “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”
1 Peter 4:12 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange things happened to you.” Every trail is divinely orchestrated for our good. Let us embrace what the Lord is using to conform us to His image that He might be glorified.