What is the purpose of trials and crisis in our lives?


Are you in a crisis right now? Does it seem like there is no way out? Does your situation seem bleak and dark. Well i got news for you. It might be hard to accept but it’s true. The storms that we face are a part of life. We can’t do without them. We need them. If we are to ever experience real growth we will need the storms. It sounds crazy but it’s true.
Look at what James 1:2 says:
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

Trials develop you. They build you up. We really need to change the way we see storms. The way we see them will determine our attitude in the midst of the storm.

Another purpose of storms is to lean on God. We don’t have enough strength to overcome the storms that come our way. When the storms come we need to learn to look to God. It’s in the storms that we get to know God more intimately. It’s where we hear His voice so clearly. God wants us to know Him more. Look at these scriptures:
For i will not trust in and lean on my bow, neither shall my sword save me. Ps 44:5,6
For He has delivered me out of every trouble, and my eye has looked [in triumph] on my enemies. Ps 54:7

Notice in both these scriptures that there is no mention of our strength but God’s. In fact, we see the writer disowning his own strength – “for i will not trust in and lean on my bow, neither shall my sword save me” Ps 44:5,6.
We are not equipped to take care of storms by ourselves. We need the Lord’s help.

I believe that a storm is either coming your way or you in one right now or you have just come out of one. That is the cycle.
Look at natural storms. Does winter last forever? No! No matter how bad a storm is it will always finish. Storms might seem never ending but they must come to an end. That is their nature. So it is with the spiritual storms we face. They are for a season. They will not last forever. No matter how hopeless your situation is, know that it will end.
So the question is not if the storm will end but how long can you hold on during the storm?

What should be our attitude during the storms we face? The bible gives us a very clear idea of what our attitude should be. Let us look at Proverbs 15:32 –
The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing and calamity, but the [consistently] righteous has hope and confidence even in death.

We are going to focus on the last part of that scripture which says: “but the [consistently] righteous has hope and confidence even in death”.
What does that mean? God gave me a revelation of this passage when i was in a storm seeking His help.
This verse is saying that as Christians we should have hope and confidence in the midst of the storms we face. It even describes the type of storm. Even in death! Not only does the righteous person have hope in death but has confidence. Where does the confidence come from? It comes from the belief that even in death we believe that God will make a way. He will not let us down even in death. Even when our storms seem like they will destroy us we look to God and have confidence that He will come through!
That is the attitude we should have when storms come our way.
Remember that storms will always come, that is a fact. But God will always be there with us during the storms of life and that is a fact! God bless.

Rolain.P

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