2 Corinthians 2:14-15 ——- Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For, we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
Anyone who has travelled on the sea knows that they cannot always expect smooth sailing. Strong winds, storms, gigantic waves, fog, icebergs, reefs or dangerous rocks all pose hazards for the sea traveller.
Neither can we as Christians expect to navigate through life without encountering difficulties, challenges, and obstacles. Each one of us will encounter test, trials, and tribulations that place pressure on us either physically, emotionally, financially or spiritually.
What can we do when trial and tribulations come into our lives? How can we prepare ourselves to face difficult challenges?
Do not be surprised when trials, tests, and tribulations come into your lives. We have an adversary who wants to hinder our spiritual growth. He wants to keep us in bondage to fear, render us ineffective and deny us the blessings that are ours as God’s children. And he wants to keep us from reaching the destiny that God has in mind for us. The devil uses tribulations to make us doubt God’s promises and to steal the word of God that we have received into our hearts.
The Lord, on the other hand, wants us to use those times of trial and testing:
- To develop our faith in Him as our source
- To put into practice spiritual principles to overcome our obstacles
- To bring Him glory as we triumph over the challenges we face.
2 Corinthians 11:23-28—- Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fasting often, in cold and nakedness— besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.
Saint Paul has gone through trials in abundance. These trials were meant to destroy him. But he continues to focus on the Word of God. He understands that Jesus has taken our place on the cross, and has suffered for us. Even though we may go through suffering, it is not meant to kill us – rather build us up in spiritual maturity. In our suffering, we have to use everything we can to build ourselves on the Word of God and to be a doer of the Word of God.
In all our battles we have to endure it for God’s sake because He turns those very scars into victories and mighty blessings. Let us develop patience, and as we do so let it have its perfect work in us. Then we will be whole, lacking nothing!
Dear God, I may not understand why everything is happening in my life right now, but I just wanted to say that I Trust You and I Love You!