I remember one hard trial that I was in years ago. My heart was comforted when He spoke this into my heart: Nothing is in vain. I will redeem it all. I want to take you to Ephesians 1:11. It says, “…according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”
Whatever the Lord has allowed into our lives has His purpose engraved in it. Purpose means that it is essential. He included it when He formed you in your mother’s womb. He created us as He knew us according to Jeremiah 1:5.
We are being watched. Not only by those around us, but also to those that we cannot see. Ephesians 3:10 says, “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in heavenly places.”
Some of our trials fit under the category of the above verse. Others are to remove hidden dross that would taint our testimony. Some trials are seasons of instruction to prepare us for the next good work.
Joseph had to go through the series of trials he went through in order to be and do what God had called him to do. In Genesis 50:20 he told his brothers that God has used their evil intentions, “…in order to bring it about as it is this day to save many people alive.”
We are empowered to endure whatever God has allowed. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 in the J. B. Phillips says, “He who calls you is utterly faithful and he will finish what he has set out to do.” Our part in endurance is to trust the only One Who is Trustworthy.”
Here is one of my anchor verses. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” It’s my spiritual glue that firmly holds me together when everything seems to be in upheaval.
Jesus is always our example. Hebrews 5:8 says, “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” I don’t think I will ever forget the one scene in the Passion Of Christ. Jesus was kneeling before his scourgers. He said, “Father, My heart is ready.”
In Luke 9:52 it says that they prepared for Jesus. Verse 53 was the fulfillment of Isaiah 50:7. It says, “But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.” Our course is set. Will we embrace it or get distracted through our trials?
Ezra prepared his heart and Daniel purposed in his heart. Both hearts were set to please the Lord in what He had called them to do. We may not know and understand the ‘why’ of our trial, but we can rest assured that it is His purpose.
We, as a nation, are being corrected. 2 Samuel 17:14 says, “…For the Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom.” Let us keep praying for our nation to fulfill all (everything without exception) of God’s purpose.