As defined in Webster’s Dictionary
a : the action or process of trying or putting to the proof : test
b : a preliminary contest (as in a sport)
: the formal examination before a competent tribunal of the matter in issue in a civil or criminal cause in order to determine such issue
: a test of faith, patience, or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation; broadly : a source of vexation or annoyance
a : a tryout or experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness — compare clinical trial
b : one of a number of repetitions of an experiment
Trials can come upon us in a moment, one minute life is going just great and the next something pops up in our path that makes us hurt, complain, question, cry, yell, laugh, hug, or sometimes just want to hide – hide from this cold, cruel world because it feels like no one cares, or nothing is ever right. And the icky world just keeps throwing things in our face as if to say “I will break you!” But can it really ever truly break us of FAITH?
I have been on most of those trials of life…the happy and sad, the glad and angry, and the ones I just wanted to hide from or run from, thinking they would just go away. But nothing ever really goes away, it just takes on a different light in our life. Even when being so very sad (like at a funeral), a smile can cross our lips (because we remember the joy of living).
I have endured much in my life so far but when I compare my life to Job, (as a friend and I chatted about this) I find myself very blessed and humbled at the strength of this man, and his love for God. (If you haven’t ever read his story here is a link – Story of Job
) How can one keep a faith that strong, how can I be more like Job in my everyday life?
First I have to know God has my back no matter what happens
Second I have to never falter in continuing on
Third I have to love with all my heart my God and all everyone else (especially those who may mean me harm)
So will life be easier if I follow those steps – no because the overseer of world is the devil and he is not afraid of using every trick in the book to get you to turn away from faith!
Even when he threw cancer, death, church members who did not believe we were needed, job change, debt and almost losing our home and marriage. We came out the other side with a stronger marriage, sitting better financially, a son cancer free for 15+ years, and a stronger faith!
Just like our sweet Haley climbed this pile of sticks so is life – insurmountable odds against you, sticks (trials) every where you turn, but with FAITH, you keep going – Haley made it over this stack of sticks and found the bunny she had chased in there, but if she had given up – not tried to climb the pile of sticks she would have never made it to the end result – the bunny….Our journey of trials is like that, we have to keep trying, keep going, and if we believe and our end result will be rewards of heaven
11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick.18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
My eternal rest will be in heaven and wow how beautiful it sounds!