Trials and Tribulations – What The Bible Says?
The trials and tribulations we go through in life are all part of God's purpose that he has for us. We must remember that on our Christian walk and look to scripture for understanding.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (KJV)
As believers, we are not exempt from the trials of this life, no matter how much we wish we were. Because of sin, we will always have to face all kinds of pain, suffering, and trouble until we are called to our heavenly home. We have to trust that one day, we will be with Jesus in a place that is free of sin, death, and everything in between. For now, however, it’s crucial that we not only endure tribulation, but understand its significance in our lives and in our Christian walks.
Not many people would dare to think of their struggles as blessings, but in reality, that’s exactly what they are. God doesn’t allow us to go through our troubles for no reason; each and every burden we have to bear serves to shape us into the followers we are meant to be. Consider James 1:2-3: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” Difficult situations almost always put our faith to the test, and it is by that testing that we learn to truly rely on God and not our own understanding.
The thing about trials and tribulations is that most of the time, we can’t control them. We can’t just solve our problems or make them go away in an instant, so we have two options: keep holding on and make matters worse, or let go and allow God to work His will in our lives. Too often, we pray “my will be done” instead of “thy will be done.” But the truth is that God alone knows what’s best for us, and He will use our trials to make us stronger, more faithful, and more joyful, if we let Him.
Lastly, a crucial point to remember is that through it all, we are not alone. Jesus Himself bore a great amount of suffering, more than anyone who has, does, or ever will walk this earth. He understands what it is to hurt and to face disappointment. Regardless of whether our suffering is physical, emotional, or spiritual, we can rest in the knowledge that Christ knows exactly what we’re dealing with, and He alone can heal us. In Matthew 11:28, He says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Someday – maybe not as soon as we’d like, but eventually – we will look back on our troubles and be thankful for the fruit they produced. It may not make the weight any lighter, but it certainly makes it easier to bear.