Life’s Challenges & Trials

Mae Hilliker, Harvest Barn Church

Mae Hilliker

I recently heard it said that challenges and trials don’t make us who we are, they reveal who we are.

As Christians, we are not exempt from trials. In fact, James 1:2 tells us we are to “count it all joy when we fall into various trials.” Developing the right attitude according to God’s Word is essential for when trials come.

Counting it all joy isn’t an emotion, but rather an appraisal (assessment) of the situation according to God’s viewpoint. It’s all about how we choose to face them, and who we place our trust in.

We don’t need to rejoice in the trial itself, but in knowing we aren’t going through it alone. God promises He will never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Trials serve as a form of discipline. They prove genuineness and reveal any falsehoods we may have.

Remaining faithful to God’s Word and trusting Him to see us through life’s trials should strengthen our faith and trust in Him—for He is a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).

–By Deacon Mae Hilliker

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