“God’s grace isn’t always comfortable because he isn’t primarily working on our comfort; he’s working on our character. With violent grace he will crush us because he loves us and is committed to our restoration, deliverance, and refinement. And that is something worth celebrating.” Whiter Than Snow by Paul David Tripp
When we face trials we often think that circumstances, another person, our flesh, or the enemy are to cause, but Scripture also says that sometimes the cause of the trial could be God himself. In Genesis 22:1 and Hebrews 11:17 scripture says God tested Abraham. Satan tests and tempts us hoping to cause us to stumble and fall, losing faith. On the other hand God tests us to develop our character and to confirm and grow our faith. He brings or allows trials to refine us so that our true character will shine forth.
For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. (Psalm 66:10)
Trials, tests, and temptations are never easy or comfortable, but if we keep our eyes fixed on Christ and look at the situation in light of eternity it is easier to have courage and faith in the midst of the difficult time.
No matter what we are going through God knows about it and is therefore involved in some way. He will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22)
- Above you are God’s overshadowing wings (Psalm 91:4)
- Beneath you are God’s everlasting arms (Deut. 33:27)
- Around you the angel of the Lord encamps on all sides to deliver you (Psalm 34:7)
- Inside you God’s peace that passes all understanding guards your heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7)