The Lord Our Shepherd Part – 7

1 Peter 1:6- 7 —— In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,  that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

In the midst of our difficult times, we say things like – I have been doing everything right, I have been fasting and praying, giving, loving my neighbour, obeying the Lord, reading scriptures daily and walking faithfully with the Lord. What did I do wrong? Why has God allowed me to go through such hard times? Does He not care about me?
Think of trials as training. God has to train his troops. Have you ever heard of any Officer in the Armed Forces who got to where he was without going through tough situations? God has to prepare us His children for the future.

In the midst of our trials, God tells us to wait for His timing. God use these trials to build us up, to answer different prayers, to open doors, to cause us to help others, and we see many miracles where we know it was only God who could have done this.
While we are worrying, the Lord gives us comfort, encouragement, motivation, and works behind the scenes.

If we feel burdened when we see our loved ones suffer, imagine how God feels. Always remember that He loves us and He reminds us time after time in His Word that He will never forsake us.

Trials help us in the following ways:-

  1. Trials help our Perseverance (Galatians 6:9).
  2. Trials make us more humble (2Corinthians 12:7).
  3. Trials show us sin in our lives (Psalm 38: 1 – 11).
  4. Trials make us more dependent on the Lord(Corinthians 12:9 – 10).
  5. God wants to spend quality time with us (Revelations 2: 2 – 5).
  6. God could be protecting us from a bigger problem that we don’t see coming (Psalm 121:5 – 8).
  7. So we can share in the sufferings of Christ (2Corinthians 1: 5 – 7).
  8. It helps us grow as believers and become more like Christ (Philippians 1:6).
  9. It helps with developing our character (Romans 5: 3 – 6).
  10. It helps build our faith in the Lord (James 1:2-6).

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

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