Trials: God’s Stamp Of Love

Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom He loves He chastens…” The Greek word for chastens means to train up a child, educate, or discipline. The Lord’s goal was explained in verse 10. Speaking first of our earthly fathers, “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.”

Verse 11 in the Amplified says, “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields…” Let me remind us of God’s afterwards for Job. 

James 5:11 says, “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the endurance of Job and seen the end intended  by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”

Trials are never punishment for wrong, but are for specialized training in something that is right. Everyone has trials, righteous or unrighteous. The key is accepting our trial as essential for our spiritual growth—the end intended.

Peter expressed it well. In 1 Peter 1:4-5 he wrote about the future hope of our incorruptible inheritance that is laid up and kept by God’s power. Verse 6 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while,  if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.”

I link this to Paul’s expressed words in 2 Corinthians 4:17. It says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

I’m sure that you agree with me that our trials don’t feel light. Paul went on to help us with this right perspective. Verse 18 says, “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things  which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

What we focus on will determine our attitude. This was written about Moses. Hebrews 11:27 Amplified says, “(Motivated) by faith he left Egypt behind him, being unawed and undismayed by the wrath of the king; for he never flinched but held staunchly to his purpose and endured steadfastly as one who gazed on Him Who is invisible.”

When we focus all our attention on the intensity of our trial, we lose God’s perspective that will empower us to endure. Jesus endured the cross because of the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). His future joy (us) was His focus.

What is our future joy? 1 Peter 1:8 says, “Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.” We can endure now because we know nothing is in vain. Everything will be redeemed.

The Lord will use every situation, hardship, trial, emotional pain, and adversity we have ever been through, or will go through for our good. He uses them to mold us into His character. His end intended is that we will be more like Him, so that we might reflect Him to others.

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