There is a strong biblical emphasis on Christians living a life of generosity. But one of the biggest hindrances to helping others is the thinking that we can’t help, give, volunteer, be generous because I have too many trials and problems. Is the presence of problems really enough to hinder us from fulfilling God’s call to be a blessing to others?
We might sometimes think that after giving our life to Christ, all our problems will disappear. But that’s never the case. As a result, many believers are not living generously and victoriously. Because they’re waiting for “perfect situations” to be generous.
1 Peter 4:12 reminds us, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” The norm of life is trials. But what sets us apart as disciples of Christ is not the presence or absence of problems. It’s how we stand in the midst of trial.
James 1:2-4 tells us, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” It might sound uncommon- even weird- to find joy in trials. The most natural response to trial is disappointment and even sadness. But James tells us that we can rejoice despite of and because of trials. Why?
God Uses Even the Worst Trials for Our Good
According to James 1:2-4, trials don’t just bring hard times. It also works within us to produce steadfastness which then leads to perseverance and faith. This, according to James, makes us “perfect and complete, not lacking anything.” Even in times of extreme hardships, God brings good.
What the enemy meant for evil in our lives God can turn into good. Just like what He did in the life of Joseph, who was sold to slavery. In the life of Job, who lost all he had only to gain so much more. In the life of Christ, who in death saved all of mankind.
Even In the Midst of Trials, We Celebrate Our Anticipated Victory
Even before we are removed of trials, the victory has already been won. When Jesus declared on the cross two thousand years ago that “it is finished,” He declared victory over sin and all it’s negative effects.
All we need to do is claim it by faith and wait by faith for God to come through at His time. When will breakthrough come? No one knows for sure. But what we know is that God will always come through. His good, pleasing and perfect will will come to pass.
Even in the midst of trials, we can put our trust and hope in Christ because He is sovereign and good at all times. Moreover, we can submit ourselves to God’s will of becoming a blessing to people around us because even in the midst of hardships, we are still blessed.
What are some of the trials that you are facing? Allow God to work through the mess of your life and create a message that will bring blessing not just to you but to people around you.