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Trials - A way to Greater Glory

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. He protects all his bones not one of them will be broken – Psalms 34:19,20

Meditation verses: Psalms 30:4-10

All of us know that life is not a bed of roses, in most cases, it includes thorns. Thorns in our life may be in the form of trials, insults, hardships, and persecutions, for the cause of which we may or may not be a partner. When our friends slander us our heart breaks into thousand pieces. We do not know where to turn to and whom to trust when our close friend, the one with whom we shared our bread lifts his heel against us. It is hard to bear the brunt for someone else’s mistake. It is easy to praise God when we are happy, but very difficult to praise God at the time of crisis.

As we experience these storms, we all have our faith tested and tried, we must learn how to behave in the storms of life. Crisis situations are the most difficult times to discipline ourselves. St. Paul though an Apostle had to undergo trials. What kept him going? He says, "I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (II Corinthians 12:9,10). He trusted Christ to take head on with the problems. Likewise we must also remember that in the difficult situations Christ’s power abounds more on us to reach of the ultimate goal of victory.

This life which we lead here on the earth is not an end in itself as it leads to greater glory in heaven.

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed – I Peter 4:12,13.

What should you do at the time of trouble? Keeping in mind that the troubles you meet are only momentary and the eternal glory which you ought to achieve far outweighs them all (II Corinthians 4:17). Therefore, remain spotless and blameless, grow in the grace, and keep yourselves holy and do not allow sin to overtake you.

Look forward to new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. Remain spotless, blameless and at peace with him (II Peter 3:13,14).

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:18).

Build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit (Jude 20).

What is your reward if you overcome the affliction? God says, "He who overcomes will, like them be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels (Revelation 3:5). Is there anything more which you can ask for? God says, He will acknowledge you before the Father and His angels. What a privilege will that be? That is not all. He is waiting to give you a crown of righteousness, He will wipe away your tears, and there will be no more crying and pain none of these can touch you in heaven.

There is in store for you the crown of righteousness (II Timothy 4:8).

He will wipe every tear from your eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the older order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:4).

You will also be rewarded here on earth. When you keep yourself holy and blameless, the Lord will deliver you out of trouble, protect your life and restore you out of your sickbed (Psalms 41:1-3).

Considering that the trials are only for a short period, we have greater hope in Christ Jesus.

May the Lord give you the grace to lead a righteous life at all circumstances and be not enchanted by the devil’s ideas.

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